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K-EARTH 101 Morning Poll: Do You Still Text While Driving?

A new study released last week by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety proved that states who enforce a ban on texting while driving doesn’t actually decrease the amount of cell-phone related accidents on the roads. Obviously drivers aren’t taking the “no texting” ban seriously and instead try to be sneaky with their phones that causes more of a distraction than having it up at eye level.

Gary and Lisa talked about texting while driving on CBS2 this morning and want to know…do you still text while driving even though it’s against the law in California?!

In three of the four states that have banned texting while driving in order to reduce the number of accidents on the road, actually had an increase of the number of crashes than states that don’t enforce the ban.

Do you still try to beat the system and try to get away with texting while driving? Has there ever been a time you’ve been pulled over for texting…or ever just checking your phone to see if there were any messages?

Speaking of texting, you can text The K-EARTH 101 Morning Show at KEARTH (532784), but not while driving of course, because something like this could happen…

  • kevin

    Not as much as I used to… Waiting for the talk to text phone on my next upgrade

  • Laurie Ackerman

    Hi Gary and Lisa,
    Fortunately , I never learned how to text or tweet! I like to talk . I am concerned that due to technology that we are becoming an isolated society in terms of social beings. It is slowly becoming a lost art!

  • Eleanor

    Since I have never texted while driving, nor will I ever Text while driving, it made it difficult to answer your survey question of “Do you still text while driving”. Of course my answer is an unqualified NO.

  • Pat

    No texting; I see too many people distracted while driving. Talking or texting (or even talking to a passenger or eating) draws attention from driving. I’ve seen people looking down and texting (not watching the road or other cars), eating a bowl of cereal with BOTH hands, “fighting” with someone and waving their hands around while driving! It scares me to think someone is operating a “weapon” (ie vehicle) and not paying attention for whatever reason! And worse, my life is in their hands!!!

  • Erik Wood

    Business people need to ‘hit the ball over the net’. Teens consider it rude not to reply immediately to texts. Home schedules would grind to a halt without immediate communication. We are conditioned to pursue this level of efficiency but we are all supposed cease this behavior once we sit in our respective 5,000 pound pieces of steel and glass. Anyone can win an argument in a forum like this by saying “Just put the phone away” – but we can see its just not happening.

    I just read that 72% of teens text daily – many text more 3000 times a month. New college students no longer have email addresses! They use texting and Facebook – even with their professors. This text and drive issue is in its infancy and its not going away.

    I decided to do something about it after my three year old daughter was nearly run down right in front of me by a texting driver . Instead of a shackle that locks down phones and alienates the user (especially teens) I built a tool called OTTER that is a simple app for smartphones. I think if we can empower the individual then change will come to our highways now and not just our laws.

    Erik Wood, owner
    OTTER app

  • Sadie

    Hey Gary,
    I just want to give you some info about texting and driving. The news stations say if you get a ticket for texting it will be $20.00 when a cop stops you for the first time….Well, I got stop two weeks ago. I wasn’t texting or talking. A family member send me message I was 6 am and dark so the cell lit up. the cop saw these and he turn on his lights and stop me. He wrote a ticket and I just got it yesterday. for the first time AND not even texting, it was $156.00. So tell your listers it won’t be $20.00 like the news is saying. Like I said I wasn’t texting or talking. He saw the light and thought I was talking.I was doing everything right. I was driving at 65 and in the slow lane. yet he didn’t believe when I told him I wasn’t talking on the cell…..Love your show…..Sadie from Riverside county

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