I don’t think we need to go over the dangers of texting and driving again. Well, maybe we do. According to a new survey from AT&T, texting and driving numbers haven’t gotten any better, especially with commuters.
Even though 98% of commuters in the survey said they know texting and driving is dangerous, 49% still admit to doing it. Six in ten commuters claimed that they had never text and drove three years ago, but now the numbers are surpassing the amount of teenagers (49% vs 43%).
Despite all of the dangers, some people are also viewing texting and driving differently, with 40% calling it a habit. While we’re pretty sure you know what the word habit means, let us enlighten you. A habit is defined as “an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary.” So, not only are people aware of what they are doing and the dangers behind texting and driving, it doesn’t seem to matter enough for one to stop. That said, this isn’t all terribly surprising. People are going to do what they want, even if it means putting their own lives and the lives of others in danger. That’s pretty sad.
Cell phone laws also won’t change the behavior of drivers that use their cellphones. If the laws were working, we likely wouldn’t see the government considering cellphone jammers inside of cars.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so take the time to educate yourself and others!
To find out more about AT&T’s survey, be sure to hit up the link below!