Drivers Continue to Text While Driving Despite Knowing the Risks

texting and drivingRecent educational campaigns designed to educate the public about the dangers of texting while driving appear have been successful in raising awareness in just how dangerous this behavior really is.

Unfortunately, it appears that the many people are continuing to text while at the wheel despite being aware of the dangers.

Educational Campaigns to Decrease Distracted Driving

Federal agencies and other organizations have been working hard to find solutions to the problem of distracted driving for the past few years. According to the Washington Post, a variety of educational campaigns, studies and new legislation has been put forward since former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood began championing the issue about five years ago.

AAA Survey Reveals Many People Continue to Text While Driving

The majority of respondents of a recent survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety admitted to talking on their cellphones while driving. When it comes to drivers between the ages of 19 and 39, roughly 40% of drivers admitted to texting while driving, with 10% saying that they do so frequently.

This comes as little surprise to safety experts who are battling the distracted driving epidemic. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some 660,000 distracted drivers are using a mobile device behind the wheel at any given moment during daylight hours in the United States.

About the AAA Distracted Driving Study

The AAA study included study responses from 2,235 participants representing a wide range of ages.

One of the more surprising findings that the study revealed was that young drivers appear to text while driving much less often than older drivers. Drivers between the ages of 16 and 18 text while driving less than any other age group other than those over 60. These young drivers also appear to be much less likely to text while driving than 19 to 39 year old drivers.

Older drivers appear to be the least like to text behind the wheel with only one percent of drivers over the age of 75 saying that they text while driving.

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