Texting While Driving Increased Drastically

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Texting while driving increased 50 percent last year despite a rush by states to ban the practice, federal safety officials said Thursday. Two out of 10 drivers say they’ve sent messages from behind the wheel — and that spikes much higher among young adults. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration takes an annual snapshot of drivers’ behavior by staking out selected stoplights and intersections to count people using cellphones and hand-held Web devices that allow them to text, view directions, check emails, surf the Internet, or play games. At any given time, just under 1 percent of drivers were texting or manipulating hand-held devices.

In a separate telephone survey of drivers, 18 percent said they’ve sent texts or emails while at the wheel. That number jumps to half among younger drivers, ages 21 to 24. The survey also found that most drivers will answer a cellphone call while driving and most will continue to drive while they talk. NHTSA surveyed 6,000 drivers ages 18 or older in the national poll conducted a year ago and released Thursday. The increase in texting while driving came even though many states have banned the practice. Last month, Pennsylvania became the 35th state to forbid it. For more information check out the full article by clicking here.

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