People know texting and driving is dangerous but continue to do it

States all around the country have laws on the books prohibiting drivers from texting or making phone calls while behind the wheel. A new survey has been published that claims over 50% of drivers in the state of Michigan use cell phones while driving and 8% claim they text while driving.
The survey was conducted by the state Office of Highway Safety Planning. The survey also found that 80% of drivers within the state believe that people talking on cell phones are more likely to be involved in an accident. Despite that 80% figure, 56% still admit to taking phone calls while driving. The survey found that 96% of drivers within the state believe people texting or e-mailing while driving are more likely to be involved in an accident.
Data collected by the state shows that nearly 4,000 accidents in 2010 listed the drivers being distracted and use of a cell phone was noted in 881 of those crashes. The survey polled 600 people and was conducted to coincide with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which is the month of April.

[Source: Mike Luckovich]
"It appears drivers are aware of the dangers of being distracted by cell phones and texting," said Michael L. Prince, Michigan's OHSP director. "But the ability and pressure to be constantly connected and available seem to trump traffic safety as motorists continue to talk and text while driving."
State residents under the age of 30 were found to be more likely to use their cell phone to make and receive calls or text messages while driving. About 5,500 deaths are attributed to distracted driving on the nation's highways each year.
Distracted driving has become such an issue for lawmakers that the NTSB has previously considered trying to ban hands-free calls while driving. The NHTSA released the first distracted driving guidelines in February of 2012.

Source: Detroit News

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