Survey: Texting Bigger Problem Than Drinking

texting-while-drivingVIDEO: (Which may make you quit) Texting has become a bigger concern than drinking when it comes to getting behind the wheel, according to a new Canadian Automobile Association survey. The survey, conducted in August, asked 6,000 people what their biggest safety concerns were and 88% of people said text messaging on phones while driving, followed by impaired driving at 83% – the first time in a decade that drinking and driving hasn’t made the top of the list.

“It signals a sea shift for people,” CAA spokesman Ian Jack said Monday. “It’s part of Canadian culture now that, for almost everyone, you don’t get impaired and get behind the wheel of a car. The message hasn’t sunk in yet that it’s a really bad idea to be looking at your wireless device while driving.”

The survey also found that young Canadians – especially those under 30 – are texting and driving on a regular basis.

“We’re dealing right now with a generation of teenagers who seem to have their wireless devices stapled to their hands, 24/7,” Jack said. “Older drivers don’t have that habit and a lot of people who are about to get their driver’s licence do have that habit of constantly texting. The problem is only going to get worse.” Full story in Cnews.

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  1. This video should be mandatory for all teens (or first time drivers) before getting their driving permits/licenses. This is the harsh reality they must see before getting behind the wheel, so they never have to experience such horror.

  2. This video should be shown on a constant loop in the center of town every day 365 days a year until everyone in Lakewood gets the hint to HANG UP AND DRIVE! Its like an addiction in this town, everyone of every creed, color and religion cannot put down there phone and drive. And stop it with the excuses like “I was stopped at a light” or “I was not texting I was checking the time”.

  3. Powerful video. My phone is going to remain OFF from point A to B. A relative took friends on a joy ride and had a bad accident. The judge wanted to make a big impression, and for community service, this young man worked in an ER. It inspired him to become a doctor.

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