According to CNN, a new report released on June 18, 2010 by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project revealed that distracted driving is not only a problem among teenagers, but adults as well.
Distracted driving is one of the nation’s top causes of car accidents. From politicians to celebrities, people all over the country are joining the campaign to stop distracted driving, which has led to bans on cell phone use in seven states and the District of Columbia.
If adults want to send the message correctly, however, they may not want to be hypocritical.
New report states adults & teens equally likely to text while driving.
A report entitled “Adults and Cell Phone Distractions” found that 47 percent of adult text messengers say they have either sent or received texts on cell phones while driving. In comparison, 34 percent of teenage drivers who text say they had sent text messages while driving.
With the all the noise adults are making about distracted driving due to texting, who knew they weren’t heeding their own advice? It’s a shame that those who are making the laws against texting while driving — which have the potential to cause wrongful death accidents — might be breaking those same laws.
“Adults may be the ones sounding the alarm on the dangers of distracted driving, but they don’t always set the best example themselves,” said a senior research specialist at Pew Research Center.
In 2008, the wrongful deaths of about 6,000 American motorists was due to drivers who were texting or somehow getting distracted behind the wheel, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The youngest generation of adults (ages 18 to 34) are more likely than any other group of on-the-road text message senders. The study said that 59 percent of Millennials say they’ve sent or read text messages behind the wheel compared to 50 percent of Generation X-ers (ages 34-45) and 29 percent of Baby Boomers (ages 46-64).
No matter the age of drivers, our car accident attorneys in San Diego believe that we need to set the example for everyone else by not just making laws, but obeying the laws we make.
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