As the “It Can Wait!” campaign to discourage texting and driving makes its way around the country, a new survey suggests that nearly everyone who reads and sends text messages while driving is aware of how dangerous, but does so anyway.
According to the survey, which was commissioned by wireless carrier AT&T and the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction, the addiction to our phones is very real. Some medical professionals have suggested that we have become physically and mentally conditioned to check our phones constantly, without hearing it, or even thinking about it.
In all, 98 percent of survey respondents said they were aware of the dangers posed by texting and driving. Yet, despite this, three out of every four respondents admit they have taken their eyes off the road to glance at their phone while they were driving, with nearly one out of every three admitting that doing so is a habit. Worse than that, three-quarters of respondents admit to texting while driving. More than one-fourth of them send texts while driving, and two-thirds of respondents say they have read texts while sitting at a stop sign or a red light.
One of the more puzzling figures cited in the survey is that, although virtually everyone is aware of the dangers, nearly a quarter of them claim they are capable of easily doing several things at once, even while driving.
AT&T released the results of the survey along with an announcement that they were expanding the availability of an app called DriveMode, which will automatically silence alerts for incoming messages when you’re driving at more than 15 miles per hour. Safety experts also made several other recommendations for keeping safe while driving, and reducing distracted driving accidents. One way they suggest is to text #X or #Itcanwait to whomever you’re having a text exchange with, to let them know you’ll continue the conversation when it’s safe. You may also put your phone on silent and stow it away from temptation, or at least use hands-free technology, although there are questions as to how well that works. Another way might be to assign a passenger as a “designated texter,” and tell them what to write and send, so that you can pay attention to the road.
Texas drivers are killed or injured by the thousands every year, due to drivers being distracted in a variety of ways, including attempting to read and send texts while driving. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash, and you believe distracted was a possible cause, contact the Texas Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers at Hill Law Firm as soon as possible to protect your rights.