Study: More adults than teens text while driving

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Study: More adults than teens text while driving

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by Pat Dooris, KGW reporter

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Posted on March 28, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 29 at 10:48 AM

Poll:
Be honest. Do you text while driving?

SALEM -- A new AT&T survey found that 49 percent of adults admit they’ve texted while driving. That’s up nine percent from three years ago. The survey also found that 43 percent of teens admitted texting behind the wheel.

Parents are not fooling anyone.

“I've noticed adults do it more and they do it slower, so I think it’s more dangerous," said 20-year-old Todd Hessel.

It’s dangerous for teens, too. That's why AT&T brought a driving simulator to Portland’s Central Catholic High School in May of 2011, so students could feel the impacts.

"Yellow! Yellow! Person!” The teens yelled at each other as they tried to avoid ‘driving over’ people in the simulator.

Long haul truck driver Yves Beauregard said he was not surprised to hear more adults admitted to texting.

“I see a lot of adults. From what I’ve seen, it's 50-50. I’ve seen a lot of moms with kids in the back texting,” he said.

Sam Krentz from Hood River said he's seen it, too.

“I see it all the time and I think it’s horrible. I think it’s very dangerous," he said. "I think it’s worth it to be patient and just wait until you can get to a safe place and respond to your phone."

Currently the fine for texting and driving in Oregon is $110. A bill in the state legislature could increase that to as much as $2,000.

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