News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday March 28, 2013.
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It's almost universally accepted that texting while driving is a dangerous and foolish activity, yet nearly half of adults continue to do it according to a new survey commissioned by AT&T. The number of fools is actually higher among adults than teens, and it has increased from figures reported three years ago.
A survey commissioned by AT&T found that despite 98 percent of commuters saying that sending a text or email while driving isn't safe, 49 percent do it anyway. Recognition of the danger has done little to curb the dangerous practice because 6 of 10 commuters previously said they never text while driving; that number has fallen to about 5 of 10. Worse yet, 40 percent of admitted drivers who text while driving say that it is a habit.
The survey also found that adults are more likely to text while driving than teens. Only 43 percent of teens admit to texting while driving, which is less than the 49 percent of adults who admit to the same act. However, there's no cause for celebration because 75 percent of teens say that texting while driving is common among their peers, and 41 percent say their parents do the same.
AT&T has a detailed PDF report on the findings on teens that can be read here. The carrier also promotes apps that can discourage texting while operating a car, as do Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Self-control and common sense should be enough to prevent texting while driving, but that's clearly not enough.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.