Andrew Mollenbeck, wtop.com
WASHINGTON – The days surrounding Thanksgiving are some of the year’s busiest on the roads, and a survey suggests more drivers will have their eyes on their phones instead of the lanes around them.
“We are definitely seeing an increase in the number of drivers who report using their phones to access the Internet while driving,” says Chris Mullen, director of technology research for State Farm.
The annual report on distracted driving finds “troubling results,” while noting more drivers own smart phones, presenting additional opportunities for diversion.
The July survey of nearly 1,000 drivers shows distracted driving has grown well beyond text messages and often includes using the Internet, reading social media posts and checking email.
“It’s not just young drivers who are guilty of distracted driving. This report shows us that using a cellphone while driving is increasing for all ages,” Mullen says.
Tracy Cooper, a local business owner, feels the need to stay connected while on the road.
“I do check email, and I text while I’m driving,” she says. “I am guilty.”
While filling up his car in Montgomery County, Jeremy Kugel said he sees the use of cellphones most at traffic lights.
“Person to my left, person to my right both doing something on the phone,” he says. “I’m not sure what it is.”
Among the survey’s findings:
For drivers 18 to 29:
For all drivers, the data showed:
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