Drivers in Texas who tempt fate by texting and driving are likely to be non-white and educated. At least that's what the data from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute bears out.
Photo by Steven Damron Chances are fifty-fifty you do this, too.
The study, released today and reported on by the Texas Tribune, surveyed 3,000 drivers and showed that nearly half of us have texted while operating a motor vehicle.
The researchers found that 76 percent of drivers said they had talked on a cellphone while driving at least once in the previous month, with 24 percent acknowledging that they did so regularly. Forty-four percent of respondents said they had read or typed texts or emails while driving, and 18.5 percent said they had looked at Facebook or other websites while driving.
For those of you checking Facebook while you drive with your kid in the back seat, we hate you. But we know so many people enjoy the fact that an occasional check of your phone, or a quickie reply on your cell is a guilty pleasure in Houston. Others might consider it a cool point for living a state (one of seven remaining) without a driver-wide ban on texting from behind the wheel.More »