Survey: 43% of Teens Say they Text & Drive

May 14, 2012

By Heather Turner

CORVALLIS, Ore. — We’re nearing what’s known as the “100 deadliest days” for teen drivers, and to raise awareness, a new survey highlights just how many teen drivers admit to texting while driving.

The survey found that while nearly every teen admits to knowing texting while driving is dangerous, 43 percent of them say they are guilty of it.

A teen’s need for contact might be to blame, especially since the survey says most expect a reply within five minutes or less.

It went on to say 70 percent of teens believe texting while stopped at a red light is dangerous, but 60% admit to doing it.

While nearly half of the teens admitted to sending a text while driving, three quarters of them say it’s common among their friends.

“Sometimes I text and drive by my house because I live out in the country, but other than that, not really, I mean I don’t want to get in an accident or get a ticket,” said high school student Richard Bylund.

“Because it’s hard to text and look at the road at the same time so I usually just say really quick messages,” said high school student Madeline Cunningham.

“We all learned in health class it’s bad to do, and I just wouldn’t do it, doesn’t seem like a good idea to me,” said high school student Cody Peters.

Teens aren’t the only ones texting while driving, 41 percent of teens said they’ve seen their parents read or send an e-mail, or text, while driving.

For more information on the survey and AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign, click here.

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