Survey: Drivers know danger, but text anyway

Texting while driving. (Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, AP)
Texting while driving. (Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, AP)

UNDATED (AP) – A new survey suggests that most people are still texting and driving, despite laws against it in some states.

In the survey, 98 percent of motorists who own cellphones and text regularly say they’re aware of the dangers, yet three-quarters of them admit to texting while driving.

Two-thirds say they have read text messages while stopped at a red light or stop sign, while more than a quarter say they’ve sent texts while driving.

More than a quarter of texting drivers believe they “can easily do several things at once, even while driving.”

The telephone survey of more than 1,000 adults is being released by AT&T, as part of an anti-texting-and-driving campaign. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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