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Talking, texting while driving bad for safety and auto insurance rates

Posted On Tue, September 1, 2009

A recent survey shows that a large majority of Americans favor a ban on texting and using a cell phone while driving because of the unsafe effect these activities can have on safety and auto insurance rates.

According to the poll by Harris Interactive and a leading insurance company, 80 percent of Americans support a ban on texting while driving, while nearly two-thirds were said to support a ban on using a cell phone while driving.

The poll also found that nearly 75 percent believe that cell phone restrictions should apply to all driver demographics. This is in response to some areas that have either considered or enacted rules barring teenagers from using cell phones behind the wheel.

Support for these restrictions was also strong among all age groups, including those between ages 21 and 44. Those living in areas of high cell phone use, such as the Northeast and West, were also strongly inclined to favor rules against texting and cell phone use while driving.

The poll also found that 45 percent of respondents reported that they had been struck or nearly struck by a driver who was operating a cell phone.

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