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Survey: Many drivers operate vehicles while distracted

Posted On Mon, October 3, 2011

A recent survey from the American Automobile Association found that while many drivers consider distracted driving a threat, few practice what they preach.

A total of 95 percent of drivers think using cell phones for texting or other purposes is a threat to a driver's safety, but 35 percent of these people noted that they have done just that over the past 30 days.

"This research continues to illustrate a 'Do as I Say, Not as I Do' attitude that persists among drivers, and perpetuates the threat of cell phone use while driving," said Peter Kissinger, president and chief executive officer of traffic safety for the AAA Foundation. "Changing our nation's traffic safety culture requires drivers to take responsibility for their actions and alter their own behaviors on the road."

Nearly 90 percent of consumers think that talking on a cell phone while driving was a safety risk, but more than 60 percent of these people have done it in the past month, the survey results added.

It may be important for consumers to research cheap insurance quotes to improve their protection, as many drivers still don't practice safe habits and could be a risk on the road due to distracted driving.

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