The results of a recent AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study found that even though the majority of drivers believe using their cellphone while driving was dangerous, close to 70 percent still admitted that they themselves still use their cellphones while driving. This shows that even though people know distracted driving is dangerous, they are still willing to take the risk anduse a cellphone while driving.
In addition to many knowing talking and driving is dangerous -- yet doing it anyways -- similar statistics were also found when it came to attitudes regarding texting while driving. According to the study, 95 percent of those asked were against texting while driving. Yet, 27 percent still reported sending an email or a text message while driving in the past 30 days. Even more -- 35 percent -- admitted to reading a text while driving.
And, if these statistics aren't frightening enough, the same study found that those drivers who use a cellphone while driving are also more likely to engage in other risky driving behaviors. For example, of those who used a cellphone while driving in the past 30 days, 65 percent also admitted to speeding, 29 percent reported not wearing a seat belt and 44 percent said they drove while tired.
Among those who did not use a cellphone while driving, the percentage of those engaging in these risky behaviors was much lower.
According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, distractions while driving lead to at least 3,000 deaths and 500,000 injuries per year. This is why AAA and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is pushing for legislation to make it illegal to text while driving in all 50 states.
Currently, Tennessee is one of the 39 states in the country that already bans texting while driving. However, sadly, this does not stop all drivers from still trying to send or read a quick message.