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11/3/2011 - Views and actions regarding distracted driving conflict


Texting while driving remains a somewhat common behavior for some.

A new survey is indicating that many motorists adopt a "Do as I say, not as I do" attitude when it comes to distracted driving.

According to the poll, conducted by Knowledge Networks, 95% of drivers say texting or emailing at the wheel is a hindrance to traffic safety, yet 35% of these same respondents admit to having done it at least once within the past month.

With the prevalence of distracted driving remaining elevated, lawmakers in more than 30 states have been successful in passing legislation that prohibits drivers from being able to use handheld devices at the wheel. In 2011 alone, four states have enacted anti-texting laws, bringing the total number of states that ban texting while driving to 34.

"We're encouraged by the process made in statehouses across the country to ban the dangerous practice of texting while driving, with more than two thirds of all states having such laws on the books," said insurance expert Kathleen Marvaso.

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