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10/29: Texting While Driving: “Do As I Say, Not As I Do,” Say Younger Americans


10/29: Texting While Driving: “Do As I Say, Not As I Do,” Say Younger Americans

There’s good news for public safety officials.  82% of Americans report they never text while driving.  9% say it’s seldom they text while they drive, and 5% admit to doing it sometimes. 4%, though, say they often text while behind the wheel.

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Younger Americans are the culprits when it comes to this touchy practice.  About one in five residents under 30 admit to at least sometimes texting while driving.  Another 18% do so but not very often.  60% say they never text while they drive.  In contrast, less than 4% of Americans between 45 and 59 years old say they text while they drive at least sometimes, and just 2% of those 60 and older admit to doing the same.

There is little difference between the sexes on this question.  10% of men report they text while behind the wheel at least sometimes compared with 8% of women.

Should there be a law banning texting while driving?  90% of Americans say, “Yes.”  Even 88% of younger residents say the practice should be outlawed.  They are in agreement with their elders on this question.  92% of those residents believe texting while driving should be punishable by law.

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Table: Ban Texting While Driving?

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  1. Glass Perth

    April 26, 2011 at 1:38 AM

    Texting while driving is a very dangerous thing to do… Many people get into serious problem because of this and blame the government for accidents. LOL!

  2. self managed super fund

    January 5, 2011 at 7:15 AM

    Texting while driving is very dangerous to both driver and other people travel on a busy street. We need to follow rules just to avoid accidents. Otherwise, we might end up losing our lives too.

  3. Unlocked Blackberry

    August 21, 2010 at 9:57 PM

    I experience this a lot. People all say they are against it then I catch them texting while driving. I want to through my girlfriends phone out the window.

  4. abhilash

    August 20, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    “Texting While Driving ” ,Drive responsibly

  5. Patrick

    June 11, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    Now, drivers are being responsible on their attitude towards driving. They need to eliminate the “texting while driving” act in order to avoid possible car accident.

  6. John Raines

    November 10, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    “[just] 2% of those 60 and older admit to doing the same.”

    …maybe that’s why the got to be 60!!!!

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