Distracted driving report: Nearly half of commuters admit to texting while driving

Reported by: Madison Corney
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Updated: 3/28/2013 7:18 pm
Reno, NV (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Distracted driving continues to be a growing problem across the nation. A new report by AT&T shows that nearly half of commuters admit to texting while driving.

Drivers surveyed say they know the risks, but they are still texting anyways. In 2012, the Nevada Highway Patrol alone issued nearly 12,000 electronic distracted driving tickets.

49 percent of commuters surveyed admitted to texting while driving and 43 percent of those who did, called it a habit. Meanwhile, 43 percent of teenagers who were surveyed admitted to using their phones while behind the wheel. According to the AT&T survey just three years ago six out of ten commuters said they had never texted while driving.

AT&T is calling on employers to help end texting while driving by taking action during National Distracted Driving Awareness month in April. AT&T wants businesses to join the more than 165 organizations already engaged in the "Texting and Driving. It Can Wait" Movement.

More than 1.3 million personal commitments never to text and drive have been made at http://www2.itcanwaitcdn.com/, through Facebook, text-to-pledge or, tweet-to-pledge.

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SilentPocket - 3/29/2013 7:10 PM
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guyvacho - 3/29/2013 7:05 AM
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i still see plenty of idiots texting and driving here in carson city. but i think law enforcement is too busy with their cheezy speed traps on carson street to notice.

retired51 - 3/29/2013 7:03 AM
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The legislature obviously needs to increase the penalties substantially more than what they are!
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