July 14, 2010

Adults Driving Under the Influence of Text

47%

Nearly half of all adults who regularly text have sent or received a message while driving, compared with just a third of teenage texters.

Inexperienced teenage drivers are often seen as a danger on the road. But when it comes to being distracted by a popular teenage device — the cell phone — adults are just as guilty as the youngest drivers, if not more so . Nearly half of all texting adults (47%) have sent or received a message while driving, compared with 34% of texting teens (ages 16 and 17). And adults are far more likely than teens to talk on their phones while behind the wheel; 75% of cell-owning adults admit to this compared with 52% of cell-owning teens. Teenagers, however, are about as likely as adults to have been in a car when the driver used the cell phone in a way that put themselves or others in danger. Of course, cell phones can cause trouble off the road as well. One in six cell phone owning adults (17%) has physically bumped into another person or object because they were distracted by their phone. Read More