97% of teenagers agree that texting while driving is dangerous. Two-thirds agree that it is very dangerous.
And yet… half of them do it anyway.
This alarming statistic is the result of a nationwide survey conducted by telecom behemoth AT&T in the US. The research found that a shocking 43% of American teens have texted while driving in the past three months.
What’s worse is that teens believe reading texts is a less dangerous act than writing texts, even though both actions pull the drivers’ eyes from the road. 61% have read a text while driving in the past three months. But don’t lambaste teens before considering that every demographic is guilty: 41% of the teenagers surveyed stated that they saw parents texting while driving.
More than 3,000 people were killed in 2010 in “distracted-affected crashes” in America, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That equates to 9.4% of road deaths in the country.