Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Survey: 95 Percent of Drivers See Texting As Serious Threat

Posted By on Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Launching its Heads Up Driving Week, the Automobile Association of America's Foundation for Traffic Safety has released its fourth report showing 9-in-10 drivers find texting and cellphone use a serious threat, while 35 percent of the same drivers also admitted to having read or sent a text or email behind the wheel in the previous month.

Idaho's Office of Highway Safety concluded that, in 2009, 60 fatalities resulted from inattentive or distracted driving, representing 27 percent of all fatalities.

Idaho is one of 16 states that has not enacted an anti-texting law; 34 states have passed laws prohibiting texting while driving, and nine of those states have passed cellphone bans for all drivers. The Idaho Legislature has considered several bills during the past two years, but has failed to agree on a single approach to address texting or cellphone use behind the wheel.

Six Idaho cities (Meridian, Payette, Twin Falls, Blackfoot, Sandpoint and Rexburg) have passed local texting ordinances since last year.

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