Even Commuters Habitually Text While Driving More than Teens

Commuters on freeways and highways across America watch out almost half of commuters self-reported texting while driving almost half of those who did called it a “habit” reported a survey commissioned by AT&T.

Commuters are texting and driving even more than teens.

In a recent study 49% of commuters admitted to texting while driving compared to 43% of teens.

Previously three years ago, six in 10 commuters say they never texted while driving.

Almost all(98%) of commuters surveyed said they know sending a text or email while driving isn’t safe.

Survey sponsor AT&T is calling on employers to help end texting while driving by taking action during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, and beyond.

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Dangerous Drivers=Distracted Drivers with Cell and Smartphones.

Don't read this from your smartphone while driving.  While many people realize that driving while using a phone is dangerous some don't realize that people who use cell phones while driving engage in many more dangerous behaviors. Not only are young people sending and reading texts while driving they are also updating their social media status.

Driver use of cell phones impairs reaction times and roughly quadruples crash risk. Although there is a huge disapproval for texting and emailing while driving (95 percent), more than one-in-four licensed drivers (27 percent) reported sending a text or email at least once in the past 30 days, and more than one-third (35 percent) said they read a text or email while driving.

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More Texting While Driving Increases Accidents 2300%

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the percentage of drivers who text messaged or manipulated their mobile devices while driving went up significantly, from 0.6 percent in 2009 to 0.9 percent to 2010.

More than 3,000 people died in car accidents in 2010 because of drivers who were texting, using a phone or were distracted by something else.

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