More drivers texting, study says

by Cornelius Nunev

According to a brand new survey by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, two in every ten driver is driving while text messaging. Half of all those who responded between the ages of 21 and 24 admitted to the act. Increasing numbers of states are banning text messaging behind the wheel. And yet the amounts continue to rise. But the issue might be even more prevalent than individuals want to admit, the study suggests.

Making a decision that is not good

Between Nov and Dec. 2010, about 6,000 drivers were polled in the survey released on Dec. 8. In order to determine why "some people continue to make bad decisions" while driving, the survey was completed.

David Strickland works as the head of the NHTSA. He said:

"What's clear from all of the information we have is that driver distraction continues to be a major problem."

Count on 1 in 100 to text

Most of the individuals surveyed said they would answer and continue driving if they received a phone call while behind the wheel. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration explained that one in every one hundred drivers is typically using their mobile phone at all times. This can consist of text messaging, emailing or even using the internet. There has been a 50 percent increase during the last year in the amount of incidents. This is in spite of the belief that state restrictions have made it illegal. In November, PA became the 35th state to ban texting behind the wheel.

While most of those responding said they supported state-wide bans and tougher fines, about half also said that talking on a cellphone made no difference in their ability to drive. About a quarter said they could text or email with no impact to driving ability. About 90 percent of those surveyed said it made them nervous if they're a passenger in a car and the driver is texting or emailing.

Enormous drop in traffic deaths

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has announced traffic fatalities for 2010. It seems they have decreased. This is despite the belief that traffic nationwide increased by 1.6 percent from 2009. In 2010, 32,855 individuals passed away on the United States highways, which is a decrease from 2009's 33,808 fatalities. It has been over half a century since those amounts were that low. The last time they were that low, it was 1949.

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