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6/20/2011 - Many people confess to dangerous driving behavior

Many people say they’ve texted behind the wheel.

People who are fearful of distracted drivers likely won't get much solace after a recent report.

According to a survey from, a significant percentage of respondents admit to poor behavior while driving.

Among the findings, 39 percent of the 1,496 drivers surveyed admitted to eating or drinking while at the wheel, 30 percent said they used their cell phones while driving and 9 percent confessed to texting.

Bob Passmore, spokesman for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, said the respondents' candor bodes well for people correcting their ways.

"If people admit to recognizing their bad behaviors, it's the first step on the road to redemption," Passmore said.

Distracted driving, a behavior that has affected auto insurance rates because of its prevalence, has become so commonplace that an entire website is devoted to the topic. was created by the U.S. Department of Transportation in an effort to curb accidents and fatalities resulting from activities that take a driver's attention off the road.

Selective encourages all drivers to stay safe and drive carefully on the road. For safety tips on preventing distracted driving, click here.

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