Texting and Driving Has Doubled Since 2012: Study

Texting and Driving Has Doubled Since 2012: Study

The number of Michigan drivers who admitted to texting behind the wheel of a car has doubled since 2012 according to a survey conducted by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.

About 16 percent of drivers, or one in every six, admitted to texting while driving, double the 8.2 percent that admitted it back in 2012. On top of that, 31 percent of drivers admitted to checking texts and emails while piloting a vehicle, an increase from just 17 percent in 2012.

When it comes to talking on the phone, 59 percent of Michigan motorists admit to making and picking up phone calls while behind the wheel.

Currently, 42 states along with the District of Columbia, Guam and the Virgin Islands ban text messaging while driving.

[Source: Detroit News]