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Americans Want to Ban Texting While Driving: Zogby

Wednesday, 06 June 2007 12:00 AM

Bad news for anyone who sends a quick text message to friends while waiting at a red light or responds to a question from work by typing a few keys on their PDA while in traffic.

The vast majority of Americans said they would support a ban on texting while driving, but younger adults – by far the most likely to be sending text messages while behind the wheel – are not LOL, a new Zogby Interactive poll shows.

Communicating while commuting could soon get you into trouble with the law, as some states consider bans on texting while driving – a move supported by 83 percent who said typing text messages while driving should be illegal. Just 12 percent are against the state imposing restrictions on texting while driving.

The Zogby Interactive poll of 2,246 adults nationwide was conducted May 9-10, 2007, and carries a margin of error of +/- 2.1 percentage points.

More than half in all age groups – with the exception of adults age 18 to 24 – said they would favor establishing a new traffic offense – call it DWT. Among these youngest adults, 48 percent would support a ban, compared to 81 percent of those age 25 to 34, and even higher levels of support among older adults. But more than a third of those age 18 to 24 (38 percent) said texting while driving is no big deal (in texting lingo, NBD) and that they oppose a law against it.

The increased resistance among the youngest motorists to laws that ban texting while driving could stem from their heavy reliance on the technology to keep in touch with friends. While slightly more than half of respondents overall who own a cell phone said they use it to send and receive text messages (52 percent), more than nine in 10 (94 percent) of those age 18 to 24 said they send and receive text messages with their cell phones.

This heavy reliance on texting is also taking place behind the wheel as 66 percent of these youngest adults said they have sent text messages while driving, compared to just 16 percent of cell phone owners overall.

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