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More Drivers Texting, Study Says

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Two out of every 10 drivers on the street is text messaging, according to a recent survey by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And half of all those responding between the ages of 21 and 24 admitted to the deed. This is regardless of the growing state-wide bans. However, the survey also indicates that the problem is wider-spread than most people will confess.

Making a decision that is not great

Between November and Dec. 2010, about 6,000 drivers were polled in the survey released on Dec. 8. To be able to determine why “some people continue to make bad decisions” while driving, the survey was completed.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s head, David Strickland:

“What’s clear from all of the information we have is that driver distraction continues to be a major problem.”

Expect 1 in 100 to text

If somebody received a phone call while driving, most of the people surveyed said they would answer it and continue the drive. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration explained that one in every one hundred drivers is typically using their mobile phone at all times. This can include text messaging, emailing or even using the internet. Even though there have been more state bans recently, the amount of incidents have increased 50 percent in the last year. There are now 35 states that have the text messaging behind the wheel ban. The most recent state was PA in Nov.

About fifty percent the individuals who replied said that their ability to drive was not affected by talking on a mobile phone even though most of the responders said they support state-wide bans. About 25 percent of respondents said their ability to drive wasn’t hampered by emailing or texting while driving. About 90 percent of those surveyed said it made them nervous if they’re a passenger in a car and the driver is texting or emailing.

Huge drop in traffic fatalities

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has declared traffic fatalities for 2010. It seems they have decreased. This is in spite of the fact that traffic nationwide increased by 1.6 percent from 2009. From 2009 to 2010, there was a decrease in the number of individuals that died on United States highways. It went down from 33,808 to 32,855. The fatalities haven’t been that low since 1949.

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