Poll Reveals Ongoing Problem of Teen's Texting and Driving

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In its role as a top wireless phone provider in the country, AT&T has started a campaign to end texting while driving by all drivers with an emphasis on teen drivers. The program has been christened "Texting & Driving . . . It Can Wait."

"Many people don't realize how big a risk they are taking every time they take their eyes off the road," said Ken McNeely, President of AT&T California. "But the reality is, they are risking not only their own lives, but the lives of others, every time they send or read a text while driving. It is a serious issue that has a simple solution: just don't do it."

May 14, 2012 AT&T released results of a poll that they conducted among teen drivers in the United States. The results are of great concern.

  • 75 percent of teen drivers agree that driving while texting is quite dangerous.
  • 43 percent say they do it anyway
  • 61 percent of surveyed teenagers claim to have seen friends review email or text while they drive
  • 60 percent of teen drivers say they text at red lights
  • 73 percent say they look at their phone at a red light
  • 89 percent, a clear majority of teens, agree that a phone app to prevent texting while driving would be a good measure to make them and their friends discontinue the practice of texting and driving. AT&T has such an app called DriveMode. It automatically sends an auto reply to senders of text messages that the phone owner is driving and will return the text when it is safe to do so.

According the Ad Council, A texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into a crash than a non-texting driver. The Ad Council is running a series of advertisements discouraging driving while texting, it is sponsored by the States Attorney Generals and the United States Department of Transportation - National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration.

Other Effects of Texting While Driving

  • Reaction time decreases by 35 percent
  • Texting decreases steering ability by a whopping 91 percent
  • Dialing a cell phone increase the likelihood of getting into a car accident by a factor of 6

Despite many states having banned the practice, drivers still take unnecessary risks.

If you or someone you love was involved in a motor vehicle accident caused by distracted driving contact an experienced automobile accident attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical costs, disability or loss of life.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, Market Watch, "Poll finds 43 percent of teens admit to texting & driving," 5/14/12.

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