GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Teenagers tend to get most of the blame for texting while driving. However, a new study by AT&T indicates that teens take a back seat to adults when it comes to that new-age bad habit.
AT&T surveyed more than 1,000 adults. The results were eye-opening.
"Our recent survey found that whereas 43% of teen drivers text (while driving), 49% of adult commuters text," said Alex Carey, AT&T spokesperson. "98% of adults are aware that texting while driving is dangerous, so the education campaign has helped. Unfortunately, this has not changed the behavior of enough adults because 49% still text and drive."
Carey blamed the "new/old" habits for the puzzling results. AT&T has come up with a free application for some smart phones that they hope will help break the habits. It is called DriveMode. It automatically stops incoming texts, emails and calls when the driver is moving at more than 25 miles per hour. Callers are responded to with a notification that the person is driving and not able to reply immediately.
Click here to downloadthe new, free AT&T app, and to take the pledge to not text and drive.