According to the survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, motorists who use cell phones while driving are more likely to engage in speeding, driving drowsy, driving without a seat belt, and sending texts and emails.
Motorists who fairly often or regularly used their cell phones over the last month also reported that they engaged in additional risky behaviors. The research shows:
- 65 percent also reported speeding
- 44 percent also reported driving while drowsy
- 53 percent also reported sending a text or email
- 29 percent also drove without a seat belt
Drivers that reported never using a cell phone were much less likely to report additional risky behaviors:
- 31 percent reported speeding
- 14 percent reported driving drowsy
- 3 percent reported sending a text or email
- 16 percent drove without a seat belt
AAA recommends that motorists turn off their phone before driving or pull over to a safe place to talk, send texts or use email. AAA also has launched a legislative campaign to advocate for a text messaging ban in all 50 states
For more information, visit AAA.com or aaafoundation.org.