Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Texans Say They Talk, Text on Roads

Three out of four Texas drivers admit to talking on a cell phone while driving, and nearly half admit to texting behind the wheel, according to a recent study by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. These same drivers believe nearly every driver on Texas roads either talk or text, too.

The study found 53 percent of drivers believe they are bad at multitasking. Of these self-confessed poor multitaskers, 88 percent say they still answer their phone while driving. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, driving distractions like talking and texting caused 94,943 traffic crashes last year, resulting in 18,576 injuries and 459 deaths.

Texas drivers know they shouldn’t be texting behind the wheel. The study revealed 63 percent of drivers see texting while driving as a dangerous activity, second only to driving while intoxicated. Nearly half strongly agree the practice should be illegal in Texas, and 17 percent believe banning texting while driving should be the states’ highest traffic safety priority.

What’s your take on texting while driving? Do you think it’s a deadly distraction, harmless activity, or something in between? Leave your comments below.

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