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Monday, March 20, 2017


Just over one-quarter of drivers admit they text while driving, even though they fully understand the dangers. Not to mention, it's illegal in many states. In addition, 66 percent say they have read text messages while stopped at a red light or stop sign. That's the word from an AT&T Inc. survey of those aged 16-65 who drive almost every day, own a cell phone and text at least once a day. More than 25 percent of drivers who text believe it does not affect their driving performance and they are perfectly capable of doing two things at once. But here's the big question: Why do drivers risk their lives and others to text while they are driving a vehicle?

  • To stay connected to friends, family and work: 43 percent 
  • It's just my habit: 33 percent 
  • Worried about missing something important if they don't check their messages immediately: 28 percent 
  • Others expect them to respond to texts right away: 25 percent 
  • Feel a sense of satisfaction when they can drive and can still read or respond to a text message: 17 percent 
  • Anxious if they don't respond to a text immediately: 14 percent 
  • Addicted to texting: 6 percent

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