We talk about teens texting while driving all the time; awareness campaigns have been organized, terrifying public service commercials have been made, and parents have asked children to sign contracts saying they will never text and drive.
Surprisingly, however, it might not be the teens we need to be worried about – it’s the adults. Worst of all, adults KNOW it’s wrong, yet do it anyway.
This tidbit was discovered by a study conducted by AT&T and released in USA Today. This study expands on this Center for Disease Control study that stated a third of drivers admit to using a mobile device while driving (including talking and texting).
The statistics are sobering. From USA Today:
Each day, an average of more than nine people are killed and more than 1,060 injured in crashes caused by distracted driving, according to the CDC. In 2011, 3,331 people died in crashes involving a distracted driver, up from 3,267 in 2010, according to the Department of Transportation.
This graphic shows that adults are far worse about texting while driving than kids.
So what about you? Do you text and drive? Will this information convince you to stop?