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Texting while driving survey reveals expected bad news

A new survey has been released about texting while driving and the results are depressing, unsurprising and upsetting all at the same time. According to the survey, 98 percent of people who "have a cellphone and text regularly" were well aware of the dangers posed by taking out their cellphone and texting while driving.

Of that group, 75 percent of them admitted to texting while driving at some point, even though a good portion of them (66 percent) admitted that this texting while driving occurred while stopped at a red light or a stop sign. Still, it's quite the paradox, isn't it?

The depressing aspect of this survey is pretty evident. But the upsetting bit about this news is that it's not shocking in the least. It is far too common nowadays to drive down the highway and see another vehicle slightly swerving in its lane. As you pass the vehicle on the left or right, you see a driver with his or her illuminated by the ghostly glow of their cellphone. It's shameful just how prevalent texting while driving is today.

The worst part is that laws the ban texting while driving probably don't do enough. It's far too easy for drivers to just reach into their pocket, read a text and then reply to it in 20 seconds, making it difficult for police officers to see the act and pull them over. And yet, in those 20 seconds, the driver likely travels thousands of feet. They cover so much ground, and all the while they aren't looking at the road. What if traffic changed dramatically? What if someone tried to change lanes in front of them?

Don't text while driving. Keep the cellphone in your pocket and your focus on the only thing that matters while driving: the road.

Source: KSTP, "Survey Finds People Text and Drive Knowing Dangers," Nov. 5, 2014

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