Study Finds Adults Text Behind The Wheel More Than Teens


Often there is a push for the promotion of safe driving habits among teenagers in Alabama and the rest of the nation. In recent years, there has been a very significant focus on texting while driving among teenagers. However, an alarming set of data recently collected by AT&T reflects that it is not just teenagers that need reminding that texting while driving is not only dangerous and illegal in Alabama, it is deadly.

According to the surveys conducted by the cellular service provider, almost 50 percent of adults admit to texting behind the wheel. This is significantly more than the reported 43 percent of teenagers that admit to the behavior. The number of drivers these percentages translate to also gives a better picture of the rate at which this negligent behavior occurs on roadways every day across the nation.

Across the nation, there are around 10 million drivers that are teenagers, compared to the 180 million drivers that are adults. If half of adult drivers are texting behind the wheel, that means that around 90 million adults that know this behavior is dangerous continue to ignore the road to focus on their phone while driving.

When in the past few years, there has been a huge influx in the number of public service campaigns aimed specifically at eradicating texting while driving, six of out every 10 adults report that while they were not texting and driving three years ago, they are now. Clearly there is a huge disconnect, and accident rates from distracted driving reflect this.

Unfortunately, some drivers may not realize the huge risk they are taking in engaging in this behavior until they cause and accident, and are financially liable for the damages caused to an innocent victim.

Source: USA Today, "Texting in traffic: Adults worse than teens," Larry Copeland, March 28, 2013