Survey: Adults text and drive more than teens

Texting and driving: Survey shows adults do it more often than teens

March 29, 2013 8:29:20 AM PDT
A new survey shows adults, not teenagers, are the ones who text while driving more.

AT&T did the survey and found almost half of all adults, 49 percent, admit to texting while driving, compared with 43 percent of teenagers.

And what's worse, almost every single one of the adults who admitted to doing it knows it's wrong. Ninety-eight percent of adults know texting or emailing while driving is unsafe.

The survey also shows more adults are texting and driving now than they did three years ago, despite knowing how dangerous it is. Sixty percent of adults said they never did it three years ago.

The top reasons they gave for doing it are as follows. Forty-three percent say it's a habit. Twenty-two percent say they like to stay connected, and 18 percent say it makes them more productive.

Texting while driving is considered the most dangerous form of distraction because it involves the eyes, the hands and the mind.

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