Highest Number Of Texting While Driving Offenders In Tennessee

By: Jay Jacobson

A survey now released by mobile application vendor Vlingo says 26 percent of mobile phone users questioned acknowledge to Texting While Driving. The highest number of offenders are in Tennessee, with forty two percent of individuals saying they text behind the wheel, while Arizona drivers came in lowest at 18.8 percent.

Texting while driving is currently altogether banned inside 7 states along with Washington, D.C., with partially banned in a select few other states. However it isn't just auto drivers who are now a hazard. In Massachusetts, a subway operator distracted by texting his girlfriend rammed his train into the one ahead of him causing almost 50 people to the hospital.

'In just one year, the public dialogue concerning the issue of texting while driving has escalated, particularly from the wake of certain high-profile accidents,' said Dave Grannan, CEO of Vlingo. 'Texting is has become an connected part of our every day life, as well as warning tales about texting while driving hazards haven't stemmed the tide. We predicted last year that this problem would worsen, and it has as more individuals are texting.'

Eighty-three percent of people surveyed believe texting while driving should be illegal. Although forty percent of those questioned would Okay texting while driving with the correct safety safeguards, such as voice-activated commands. Additional, 70 percent would make use of voice technology to speak along with listen to incoming messages versus typing and reading.

However, a study carried out the previous year from Carnegie Mellon University established that just paying attention to cellular phone communication can limit a driver's ability to focus on the road.

The Vlingo survey uncovered additional trends based on age. Nearly 60 percent of people ages 16 to 19 and forty nine percent of them in their 20s admit to texting while driving. Amid populace in their 50s, 13 percent admitted they have texted behind the wheel.

The 2009 study released on Wednesday was the 2nd annual one which Vlingo has commissioned. Survey outcome have been determined by responses from 4,816 citizens living in the continental U.S. Vlingo makes a voice-activated application for cellular phones, consequently one can say that it could have a vested interest inside the results. In spite of this, the company says the research was conducted by an impartial research firm named Toluna.

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