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Survey: Eighteen percent text while driving

Posted On Thu, January 6, 2011

Despite the public service announcements and vivid commercials advertising the dangers of texting while driving, teen drivers don't seem to be getting the message.

According to a recent survey conducted by the Insurance Research Council, one in five people said they had sent at least one text message while driving in the past 30 days.

In past studies, young drivers were most likely to be texting-while-driving offenders. In this study, 31 percent of respondents between the ages of 16 and 24 said they had engaged in the practice, which is lower than the worst offenders, men and women between 25 and 39 years of age. The least likely to text while driving were over the age of 55, at just 5 percent.

"These findings confirm that a large number of drivers are engaging in very dangerous behavior," said Elizabeth Sprinkel, senior vice president for the International Research Council. "The need to find an effective response to this behavior is becoming increasingly clear."

Studies suggest text messaging while driving slows reaction time more than any other distraction, thus dramatically increasing the risk of injury or death should it lead to an accident.

Given the dangers, auto insurance has never been more important to have. 

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