Many drivers know texting is dangerous yet continue to do it
Oct 06, 2011
A new poll indicates that while motorists understand talking on a handheld cellphone and texting behind the wheel are dangerous practices that can lead to an accident, many continue to do it anyway.
According to auto insurance company AAA and its fourth annual Traffic Safety Culture survey, 95 percent of drivers believe text messaging while driving can lead to a crash, but approximately 35 percent of those same motorists have read or sent a message on their mobile device while driving in the past month.
"This research continues to illustrate a 'Do as I Say, Not as I Do' attitude that persists among drivers, and perpetuates the threat of cellphone use while driving," said Peter Kissinger, CEO of AAA's traffic safety division. "Changing our nation's traffic safety culture requires drivers to take responsibility for their actions and alter their own behaviors on the road."
More than 30 states ban texting from behind the wheel and 10 states prohibit all handheld cellphone use. In addition to potential auto insurance rate hikes, motorists may be fined a considerable amount that varies from state to state.