Texting While Driving More Prevalent Among Adults: AAA
Adults between the ages of 25 and 39 reported texting and driving most frequently, while those age 60 and up reported doing it the least.While the public often cites teens as being the most common offenders, a recent survey found that adult drivers ages 25-39 were the most likely to admit engaging in these risky behaviors behind the wheel, according to research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The data, from a sample of 2,325 licensed drivers, ages 16 and older, who reported driving in the past 30 days, revealed more than one in four motorists reported sending a text or email while driving within the past month. Adults ages 25-39 reported texting and driving most frequently, while those age 60 and up reported doing it the least. "It’s noteworthy that the young novice drivers are using their phones while driving less than older drivers since, given their inexperience, they are especially susceptible to distracted driving crashes," Peter Kissinger, president and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, said in a statement. "At the same time, it is discouraging that cell phone usage picks up when drivers gain more experience, as using a phone can lead to dangerous distractions behind the wheel."
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one out of every 10 fatal crashes involves distraction, resulting in more than 3,000 deaths per year, although experts agree the numbers are likely underestimated.