Survey: Texans Think Texting While Driving Getting Worse

By: Stephanie Palmer Email
By: Stephanie Palmer Email

Defensive drivers may be on the lookout for motorists texting while driving. The Texas Transportation Institute conducted a survey showing a snapshot of what's on the mind of drivers.

"I think the roads are not safe because of texting and driving," said Jamarius Davis.

A survey by the Texas Transportation Institute found up to 85 percent say texting or talking while driving is worse than it was five years ago. Statistics show there's actually been a decline of 17 percent in the number of deadly accidents on the road from 2004 through 2009.

"I see a lot of people text everyday," said Tracey Hodges.

"It is easy to read a text if it is really short, but that's not really good either, " said Trisha Morgan.

The quiz did not ask drivers about their risky behaviors. Overall, people seemed more mindful and concerned about the behaviors of other drivers.

"It is a matter of informing the public so that they will or have a better feel for what the realities are," said Quinn Brackett, Senior Research Scientist, TTI.

The Texas Transportation Institute conducted the study of 1,176 licensed drivers at 10 driver license stations. Those stations were operated by the Texas Department of Public Safety in September and October.

The survey also shows that motorists think driving while intoxicated has declined. However, the Texas Transportation Institute says those accidents have actually increased.

Sixty percent of those surveyed said aggressive driving has
gotten worse.

Texas lawmakers convene the 2011 legislative session in January.
Several bills to ban or limit wireless phone use while driving
have already been filed.

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