Are adults more guilty of texting while driving?
I started Teens Against Distracted Driving in an effort to calm the texting and driving epidemic that has started in the last couple of years. At the onset of the craze it was mainly the younger generation sending text messages as they had grown up with the technology and were familiar with it. And as they are more inexperienced and typically have a feeling of invincibility that people grow out of in their early twenties focusing on the younger generations driving habits seemed fitting. Studies now show, however, that older adults and parents are just as likely to text while driving as teenagers.
According to the Pew Research Center’s recent study:
- 27% of adults admit to reading or sending texts while driving, while 26% of teens admitted to texting behind the wheel.
- 75% of adults confirm they have talked on a cell phone while driving vs. 52% of cell-owning teens admitted to driving while talk on the phone.
- 44% of adults and teens say they have been passengers in a car when the driver used the phone in an irresponsible manner.
In addition to distracting oneself with a cell phone while driving the survey went on to state that 17% of adults claim that they have had collisions with either objects or people while walking and using their cell phone. If a cell phone distracts one enough to interfere while doing something so natural and mundane as walking- imagine how dangerous it is to be operating a car at 60 mph while on a phone. This also poses a major threat while crossing the street. If you cannot see a person or object directly in front of you, there is no chance of you noticing a car approaching from the side.
There are over six million accidents every year in the US, most of which are at the hands of distracted drivers. The problem lies in that Americans have a tendency to think they are not the problem, and instead point fingers at other drivers on the road and think that age and experience make you more fit to drive distracted. In realty, age and experience should make you wiser and instill a sense of responsibility in the driver that will oblige them to take the pledge to not use their cell phone while driving and do their part to end the epidemic. We can’t just blame teenagers for the bad driving habits; after all, they learn from example.