One In Four Of You Are Texting While Driving

May 20, 2009
Texting behind the wheel

Texting behind the wheel

We've told you about texting while driving, sexting while driving, states that have banned digital diddling while driving, and kids who think driving gets in the way of texting. Now the proof that texting behind the wheel is dangerous: the confessions.

CNet points to the results of a study that show 26 percent of drivers say they've texted from behind the wheel. Conducted by mobile software's Vlingo, the survey found 42 percent of polled drivers from Tennessee admitted to texting and driving, while only 18.8 percent of Arizona drivers did. Adults over 50 were far less likely to text and drive than people in their teens and 20s, no shocker.

If you're worried about running into someone texting and driving, it's disheartening. The practice--which already has an acronym, DWT--is banned in just seven states and the District of Columbia, while a few other states have distracted-driving laws that might apply.

The Vlingo poll also found 83 percent of respondents said DWT should be illegal, but 70 percent thought the Internet should invent a way for people to send text messages via voice commands.

A hint for those people polled: IT'S CALLED VOICE MAIL.


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