MORE DRIVERS TEXTING AT WHEEL, DESPITE STATE BANS
An article by Joan Lowy in the December 12, 2011 edition of the CLAIMS JOURNAL, reports that despite all the criticism and new legal bans, texting by drivers just keeps increasing, especially among younger motorists.
The article goes on to report that about half of American drivers between 21 and 24 say theyve thumbed messages or emailed from the drivers seat. And whats more, many drivers dont think its dangerous when they do it only when others do.
A national survey, the first government study of its kind on distracted driving, and other data released Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the difficulty authorities face in discouraging texting and cell phone talking while driving.
The article further states that at any given moment last year on Americas streets and highways, nearly one in every 100 car drivers was texting, emailing, surfing the Web or otherwise using a hand-held electronic device, the safety administration said. And those activities spiked 50 percent over the previous year, even as states rush to ban the practices.
Last month, Pennsylvania became the 35th state to forbid texting while driving.
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