Texting and Driving Rates Climb

New report finds a 50 percent jump over last year when it comes to texting behind the wheel.

by Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

“OMG. U wld not b-lieve this traffic! And the drivers R the worst!! What is wrong with people? :(  ”

Well, sending text messages while driving, for one. But if you’re guilty of texting and driving, you’re not alone. The Associated Press reports the—can we call it a sport?—is up 50 percent over last year, even though 35 states have banned sending messages while you’re in the driver’s seat.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s annual report shows that a tick fewer than 1 percent of drivers captured by surveillance at any time of day are texting or doing something on their phones or hand-held devices, according to the news service. And it would seem many just aren’t getting caught—18 percent of drivers in a phone survey said they have texted or sent emails while driving, the AP adds.

“What's clear from all of the information we have is that driver distraction continues to be a major problem,” NHTSA Administrator David Strickland tells the AP.

Honestly, what’s so important you need to text it while sitting behind 4,000 pounds of steel? Go old-school and just wait 'til you get where you're going to send that message. We really do want to TTYL.

 

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First Published December 12, 2011

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