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Smart Phone Use While Driving On The Rise

Smart Phone Use While Driving On The Rise

You’ve heard the stories about what could happen if you text and drive. You’ve probably told your kids not to do it. But you aren’t practicing what you preach.

“I check it at sop signs and stoplights,” one woman told KTRH.

Another woman said, “I’m guilty, but I try not to do it because I know it’s dangerous.”

And one man told KTRH that, “I usually do it when I’m at a red light.”

Those Houstonians aren’t the only ones doing it. A new survey reflects the growing problem. The number of people who say they check their email and go online while they are behind the wheel is going up. State Farm's Patti Kelly says it's not just your kids doing it.

“All age groups are doing this. We’ve found a significant increase over the past five years,” Kelly told KTRH.

Kelly said if you think your kids aren’t taking note of what you do, you’re wrong.

“They are watching you. They will mimic your behavior. You want to set a good example,” Kelly said.

In fact half of drivers from 30-39 admit doing it texting while driving. Jeff Kaufman, Transportation Operations Coordinator at the Houston-Galveston Area Council says there's a reason for that.

“We think we are more in control of our cars than we actually are,” Kaufman said.

Kaufman thinks the only way to reduce the problem is a law making it illegal to text and drive in Texas. Efforts to do that have failed in the Texas Senate in the past

 

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