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Americans Have Spoken: Don't Text And Drive!

texting while driving 385 Americans Have Spoken: Don't Text And Drive!

An overwhelming majority of Americans think driving and texting are a bad mix.

Just four-percent of those taking part in a new Rasmussen Reports poll say motorists should be allowed to send text messages, while 94-percent disagree. Two-thirds of those polled would also support banning drivers from talking on a cell phone, which is up 13-percent compared to a similar poll two years ago. But 66-percent note they’re OK with people chatting on a cell phone while behind the wheel if a hand-free phone device is being used. Adults under the age of 40 are more permissive when it comes to talking and driving, but

respondents in all age groups oppose texting and driving. Thirty-percent oppose any type of cell phone use by drivers.

  • Erik Wood

    People answer surveys this way but we now live in a culture where business people need to ‘hit the ball over the net’. Teens consider it rude not to reply immediately to texts. Home schedules would grind to a halt without immediate communication. We are conditioned to pursue this level of efficiency but we are all supposed cease this behavior once we sit in our respective 5,000 pound pieces of steel and glass. Anyone can win an argument in a forum like this by saying “Just put the phone away” – but we can see its just not happening.

    I just read that 72% of teens text daily – many text more 4000 times a month. New college students no longer have email addresses! They use texting and Facebook – even with their professors. This text and drive issue is in its infancy and its not going away.

    I decided to do something about it after my three year old daughter was nearly run down right in front of me by a texting driver. Instead of a shackle that locks down phones and alienates the user (especially teens) I built a tool called OTTER that is a simple app for smartphones. I think if we can empower the individual then change will come to our highways now and not just our laws.

    Erik Wood, owner
    OTTER app

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