Wednesday, August 08, 2007

89% of Americans want texting while driving outlawed

Nine out of ten (89 %) American adults believe that sending text messages or emails while driving is distracting, dangerous, and should be outlawed, according to a new survey commissioned by mobile messaging service Pinger. Similar numbers (91%) of adults thought that drivers distracted by sending text messages or mobile email were as dangerous as drivers who had a couple of drinks.

Even though the overwhelming majority of adults thought driving while
texting is dangerous,
two in three adults (66%) who drive a car and
have used text messaging said they had read text messages or emails while they were driving
, and 57% of the same population admitted to
sending text messages or emails from behind the wheel.

* 64 percent of adults who admitted to sending text messages while driving were between the ages of 18 and 34, while only 6 percent were 55 or older

* Men and women sent text messages while driving at equal rates Methodology for Survey » Article here



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