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More drivers admit to in-car texting

  |   March 29, 2013 at 8:05 PM
ENCINO, Calif., March 29 (UPI) -- Nearly half of drivers in a poll say they've texted or emailed while driving, despite an increasing number of U.S. states passing laws against such activity.

In a recent survey funded by AT&T and conducted by ResearchNow, 49 percent of drivers admitted to engaging in unsafe distracted driving activities, TechNewsWorld reported Friday.

Forty-three percent of the commuters surveyed said texting while driving had become a "habit."

In 2010 more than 3,000 people were killed in crashes caused by distracted driving, the U.S. Department of Transportation said.

The department has been conducting campaigns to educate consumers to the dangers of such behavior and has encouraged states to crack down on distracted drivers.

The problem seems to be getting worse, with more drivers in the recent survey admitting to texting while driving than in a similar survey conducted three years ago.

"These studies do raise awareness, so no one forgets this is an issue," Roger Lanctot, an associate director at Strategy Analytics, told TechNewsWorld. "If this is going to get to a point around legislation, I'd say don't touch the phone while driving, regardless of the reason."

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