Scary, Majority of U.S. Drivers Intexticated

We must confess that we too are guilty of this unhealthy practice (but stopped lately out of fear of an accident and the lurking cops).

But it’s all your fault. 😉

You see if you hadn’t posted a comment we wouldn’t have checked our iPhone while driving.

Wonder what excuse all the others have.

Majority Intexticated
A recent survey by online automotive community CarGurus has found that a majority of drivers had used a cell phone to read/write e-mail or text while driving in the last 12 months.

In the CarGurus poll, over half of respondents (52%) fessed up to using a cell phone to read/write email or text while driving in the last one year.

CarGurus cited a July 2009 Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study that truck drivers face a 23 times higher risk of a crash or near crash while texting than when not doing so.

Highlighting the growing concern over the dangers of using cell phones to read/write e-mail or text when driving, the U.S. Senate last month proposed a bill (ALERT ACT) that would ban truck and car drivers from texting or e-mailing while driving.

Some 14 states already prohibit texting while driving.

Just in case you are curious, we used to stop at reading the comments, not daring to go any further like responding or texting until we reached a rest area.

Stopped, We Swear
Over the last month or so, we’ve stopped this dangerous practice.

And if you are one of those who text or check/send e-mail while driving, you should follow our lead and stop the practice before the inevitable accident.

5 Responses to "Scary, Majority of U.S. Drivers Intexticated"

  1. sumeshy   September 8, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Illinois is soon adopting a law against texting and talking while driving. Like CA, the fines are going to be through the roof. Responds:

    Can’t come soon enough.

  2. Dr. Lawrence Kutner   September 9, 2009 at 4:44 am

    i have never texted when in the car.. have never killed anyone while driving.

    I thought sumeshy was in India.. when did you come to IL? Responds:

    We drive a lot but doubt we’ve seen anyone TWD (texting while driving). Maybe it’s state/region specific.

  3. deepa   September 10, 2009 at 3:27 am

    Everyone or most of the people here text while driving. and i’m guilty of it as well

    However i usually send out short messages, if its the long ones, i wait for the traffic light. So far i’ve been lucky but then again i know and admit its a dangerous practice and anything can happen. Responds:

    You write: So far i’ve been lucky

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    Texting to blame for crash that killed 5 teens?

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    Man was reportedly texting before fatal crash

  4. deepa   September 11, 2009 at 12:04 am

    That was tragic, ok point taken. You have successfully converted another person to stop texting while driving Responds:

    We’ve stopped checking for comments on the SI blog via our iPhone while driving.

  5. Dr. Lawrence Kutner   September 11, 2009 at 9:07 am

    scary to think that we may face one such idiot on the road some day.. Responds:

    Legal ban and stiff penalties are the only way to curb it.

    First Offense – Impose a Fine of $1,000.00.

    Second Offense – Lose your Driving License for six months.

    Third Offense – Lose your Driving License for five years.

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