People Still Texting While Driving
Texting while driving is a big no-no for me. It's amazing when I drive around Bismarck how many people are NOT paying attention to their driving, and are busy on their cell phone talking and even texting while driving. THAT IS INSANE. In my home state of Washington, you can get a fine of $125 if you are texting or talking on a cell phone that is NOT hands free. I think it's high time we instituted a law like this here in North Dakota. I recently heard about a friend of mine who totaled her very nice Saab convertible--a car she loved and cherished---all because she was texting and driving and rear ended a truck.
Despite a major push by states to get people to stop texting and driving, a new study has shown that people are still doing it. A lot.
Two out of 10 drivers admitted they've sent messages from behind the wheel, with even more young adults engaging in the practice. And, it doesn't look like things are getting any better.
Texting while driving increased 50 percent last year -- with no end in sight. While some of the things people are using their phones for are driving-related, such as viewing directions, they are also checking emails, surfing the Internet and playing games. At any given time, the study found that just under one percent of drivers are texting or manipulating hand-held devices.