Few people would dare to disagree that texting while driving is dangerous, but many people seem to believe that their own instances of texting and driving is different than other people's. Perhaps they think that just because they don't go as far as having long texting conversations or because they have their phone handy only to read a quick text and don't actually answer the message.
While in-vehicle distractions have always existed for drivers, the instances of distracted driving and accidents resulting from distracted driving have increased with the proliferation of cellphones and other technological devices. There have been numerous studies done and thousands of examples of injuries and deaths that have been directly caused by a texting driver. This makes you wonder - why do people still text and drive?
Engaging in texting while driving or driving while performing other audio-visual tasks, such as dialing a telephone, triples the risk of becoming involved in a car accident according to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. A survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 94 percent of people claimed that texting while driving was unacceptable. However, a third of these drivers admitted to engaging in this behavior.