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The Prevalence of Texting While Driving and What States Are Doing About It

Last updated 6 years ago

Texting while driving has become an extremely dangerous norm, especially among teens (even those who have attended driving school). An anonymous nationwide survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control reveals that 58% of high school seniors admitted to texting or emailing while driving within the last month.

  • Texting and Driving

These shocking numbers reflect just how much teens rely on personal technology. The same study showed that the average teen sends and receives about 100 text messages per day. In fact, texting is the most common form of communication between teenagers. According to the survey, many teens believe texting to be safe while stopped at a traffic light or in traffic, while others think that if they hold the phone up so they can text and see the road simultaneously, it is safe. However, this is clearly not the case—as an article from CBS News revealed, texting while driving, regardless of how it is done, is actually more dangerous than driving drunk in terms of concentration and alertness.

  • Texting and the Law

Luckily, many states are taking measures to mitigate this disturbing trend. At this time, texting while driving is banned in 39 states and the District of Columbia. Vigilant ticketing programs have been implemented in states such as Connecticut and New York. These programs have seen a dramatic decrease in the frequency of texting while driving—72% in Hartford, Connecticut, and 32% in Syracuse, New York. The only states with no ban are Montana, South Dakota, Hawaii, Arizona, South Carolina, and Florida.

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