Hey, Adult Drivers: You Text More Than Kids
Just shy of half say they've done it, even though most know it's unsafe
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 28, 2013 11:12 AM CDT
In this Sept. 20, 2011 file photo, a phone is held in a car in Brunswick, Maine.   (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach, File)

(Newser) – Cast aside your mental image of irresponsible teenagers who just have to text while they're driving. It turns out adults are even worse. Almost half of all adults surveyed by AT&T (49%) admitted to sneaking in a text while driving, USA Today reports, compared to 43% of teenagers. Indeed the problem is getting worse; 60% said that three years ago they'd never done it. And good luck running an awareness campaign, because 98% said they were well aware that texting while driving was dangerous.

"I was a little bit surprised," says one AT&T VP. "It was very sobering to realize that texting while driving by adults is not only high, it's really gone up in the last three years." A National Safety Council representative says it's adults we should be focusing on. "Teens text. But you're looking at around 10 million teen drivers, but about 180 million other adult drivers."

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Ultraworld
Mar 31, 2013 4:02 PM CDT
I don't even like to talk on the phone while I'm driving. Texting? Turn the phone off & wait until you get where your going. I like to drive, listen to some music & relax for a while.
Rational.-Anarchist
Mar 29, 2013 7:03 AM CDT
Are people too stupid to use a phone to actually TALK, rather than wasting all that time pushing buttons. Besides the fact that you shouldn't do either one while driving anyway!
hog_one
Mar 29, 2013 5:00 AM CDT
The other day I returned a phone call I got from my sister. She wanted too know why I didn't answer my cell when she called. I told her for probley the millionth time, I don't answer my phone when I'm driving. She stated that I wasn't very good at multi-tasking. I said, what are you talking about? At the present time I am running three construction projects. She said, she was able to drive, eat, text and read a report while she was driving. I told her, that I was glade she lived three states away. Because the chance I would meet her on the road was zero. She said I didn't know what I was talking about. So if you live in the Kansas City area, be on the look out for a dark blue 2010 Ford Explorer.