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Texting While Driving Increases While Drivers Admit It's Not Safe

A new poll taken in Washington State reveals that the practice of reading and sending text messages while driving has more than doubled in the...
August 31, 2009

A new poll taken in Washington State reveals that the practice of reading and sending text messages while driving has more than doubled in the past 18 months -- even while an increasing number of drivers believe the activity is unsafe. The poll, taken in June 2009 shows that 18 percent of Washington drivers who use electronic devices admit to reading or sending text messages while driving, although University of Utah research suggests such behavior increases the likelihood of accidents eight-fold. The poll also showed that a significant majority of Washington drivers want the laws surrounding texting to be strengthened. Data shows that 70 percent of drivers believe that the text-messaging law should be changed from a secondary to a primary offense. The poll was conducted by PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company.

Texting-While-Driving Doubles in 18 Months (PEMCO 8/25/09)

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