FS Professor Conducts Texting While Driving Poll

July 20, 2009 8:03:03 PM PDT
A study conducted by a Fresno State Professor shows most college students are ignoring the state's ban on texting while driving. In a survey of more than 400 college aged cell phone users, 84 percent of them said they send text messages while behind the wheel. That figure is up from 62 percent when the study was last conducted in 2007.

Fresno State Professor Dr. Tamyra Pierce said, "It is as big a danger if not more so than drinking and driving because if you think about it, you're taking your eyes off of the road and looking at the text for far longer than what the industry says it takes three seconds to have an accident.

"When you get a text of course you want to reply back and see what it says ... that's what everybody does," said FS student Johnny Pov.

Pierce hopes that more outreach and driver education targeting young drivers will reverse the dangerous trend.

California's ban on driving while texting went into effect in January.

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