Teens Are Not the Only Ones Who Text & Drive: Adults Are Some of the Worst Offenders

Adults are just as likely as teenagers to be texting and driving, according to a report released by Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. The report found that 47% of adults in the study said they have sent or received text messages while driving. In comparison, 34% of the teens in the study admitted to texting while driving. “Adults may be the ones sounding the alarm on the dangers of distracted driving, but they don’t always set the best example themselves,” Mary Madden, a senior research specialist at Pew, said in a statement. In 2008, approximately 6,000 American drivers died in car accidents that involved distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. According to the study, adults were more likely than teens to have used their cell phones while driving, with 75% of cell-phone-owning adults saying they have talked on the phone while driving. Meanwhile, 52% of cell-owning teens reported the same. Set a good example for your children! Never text or talk on the phone while driving. While talking to students at various high schools as part of our Commit to Quit: Don’t Text and Drive campaign, many of the students told us that their parents text and drive often, even with them in the car! We always encourage the students to pass our “Texting & Driving is Deadly!” postcards along to their parents and siblings. If you would like us to speak at your child’s school as part of our Don’t Text & Drive campaign, contact us! Read more on this study by visiting www.cnn.com