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49% of adult drivers admit to texting while driving

According to a survey by AT&T, 43 percent of teen drivers admitted to texting and driving, but 49 percent of adults say they have texted behind the wheel
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- It’s commonly seen as a problem among young drivers, but a new survey finds adults are more likely to be distracted behind the wheel.

According to a survey by AT&T, 43 percent of teen drivers admitted to texting and driving, but 49 percent of adults say they have texted behind the wheel and, on top of that, 98 percent of those adults said they know it’s unsafe, but still continue to do it.

"We're finding that people tend to justify their texting saying there's a lot of traffic, or I'm not moving fast, or I'm not speeding, or I'm at a red light,” said Jonathan Adkins, Governors Highway Safety Association. “But the thing we tend to forget about is we have to be able to react to what other drivers do. We don't know how distracted they are. They may be speeding, they may be drunk. So you really need to put the phone down and focus on driving."

Meanwhile, New York’s newly passed budget will bring tougher penalties for anyone caught texting or talking on the phone while driving.


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