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Distracted driving is an ongoing problem. A new State Farm poll proves once again that the roads are full of idiots. One in five of the 912 drivers State Farm informally surveyed in November admitted to accessing the Internet on their smartphones while driving. The insurance company will conduct a deeper study soon, and the 19 percent who admitted to surfing and driving in this study may actually be low for certain groups of drivers. Teenagers and young adults are more tethered to their phones than just about everyone else, and they're also the least experienced drivers, a recipe for danger on the roads with a likely higher percentage of smartphone use while driving.

Despite the guilty drivers acknowledging the dangers of paying attention to a device instead of the road, none seem too repentant. "I'm not saying it's the smartest thing in the world," says Sean Black, a 38 year old Illinois resident, "but I guess I just do it anyway." As with texting and driving, or even concentrating more on a phone call than piloting your automobile, many feel that only a near-accident or actual crash is going to modify this behavior. Even then, it will be on a case-by-case basis, and it puts the lives and well-being of innocents at the mercy of those too indolent to change their habits.

[Source: USA Today | Image: Corbis]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      i still can't understand how someone can use the internet/text while driving. Because it seems impossible to me. How is this any different than drinking and driving, in both cases you don't have control of your 2 ton vehicle and are a threat to everyone on the road.
        • 3 Years Ago
        that would make it worse... people would probably try to shift and text at the same time while smoking and putting on make up and also turning around to the back seat to tell their kids to behave and stop distracting him/her.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I respect your views it is nice to learn from another human being. If we get up in the morning we are so blessed Love and Harley's is what life is about
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's not different, and everyone doing it should have their license suspended for the same amt of time. Period.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The guy in the picture is doing it all wrong. I use my laptop.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want to buy a big black diesel semi truck, armor it up, and drive along the highway. When I see someone on their phones using the internet or texting, I'd gravitate towards them and give them a pretty good scare, if not tap them, *politely* letting them know they should stop.
        • 3 Years Ago
        how do you tap someones car politely with a semi..lol
        • 3 Years Ago
        Let's put it this way, it's a VERY polite reminder for them.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here in LA the traffic is so bad you can get away with it lol :(

      I loved my treo phone, seeing this makes me miss it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm driving now as I read (and type) this thread... ;p
      • 3 Years Ago
      Morons.
      Its only a matter of time until someone kills themselves and others while doing more than driving, I have to wonder how much they value their lives.

      I just hope they kill themselves and not others, I dont even use a cell phone while driving, there isn't a phone call that is more important than my safety and the safety of others around me.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't get why people think it's ok to even make a phone call while driving, let alone internet. Even if they don't impact anyone else, the idea simply is selfish and disrespectful. Whatever information is gleaned from using these devices can either wait or can be obtained by parking somewhere to do it. Have some self-respect and balls enough not to justify it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I do. Most of the time I'm listening to music, it's via Pandora. Sometimes I'll glace at my Google maps when I'm stopped at a light (or if I'm stuck in traffic, Sig Alert). As for checking emails for locations or contacts I need to meet, I'll just pull over. Not that hard to do and the whole situation of trying to find someplace/one is a LOT less stressful than driving in traffic at the same time. Not to mention just a whole lot safer as it's something I cannot simply glance at as opposed to a map or my music selection. As for talking and texting, I have no issue talking (All hands-free through car's audio. Talking is no different than if I was talking to a passenger) and I just glance at texts when I get them. And yes, the "glancing" I keep saying I do is simply that. I give my phone screen the same amount of attention and time as my speedo or my mirrors.

      On a slightly different note, there is something much worse than a young person using a smart phone and driving at the same time: and old person attempting to do the same.
      Hubris
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another 7% said they didn't because it would make them spill their beer.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Big, duh. I'm sure the actual number is much higher.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's nice to see that the Pareto principle is alive and well...
      Hubris
      • 3 Years Ago
      In totally unrelated news, State Farm issues 173 cancellation notices.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've had two cars totalled by cars driving into me while their drivers were talking on their cell phones and didn't see the stop light or stop sign. I can't even imagine adding texting and surfing to that. I walk almost everywhere now and ever since it has been illegal in CT for hand held cell phone usage, I'm like the proverbial Mr Wilson telling Dennis to get off his lawn, only I scream GET OFF YOUR PHONE, as they drive by holding their phone yacking away.
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