DWT: 57 percent of drivers guilty

By Kelly Downey - email
Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

LAKE WORTH, FL (WFLX) - A lot of us do it; even though, it could be dangerous. Now, the federal government is looking for a solution to keep drivers from texting. But will legislation really work?

More than 57 percent of drivers admit to doing it. "Yeah, I have to confess, I actually do it. I know a lot of people do it, too," one person admits.

Texting and driving is becoming more and more common, and that has some people worried. "Especially when we're traveling with our 10-month-old. If somebody's not paying attention, they could hit us," said one mom.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 6,000 people were killed by distracted drivers in 2008. Many of those drivers were texting behind the wheel.

"You have to take your eyes off the road. Plus, you have to think about what you're going to text," another added. "So you're taking your focus off the road, as well."

Driving distractions didn't start with cell phones. For decades we've seen people eating, applying makeup, even brushing their teeth while driving. But, recently, technology has made the danger worse.

They go into other lanes. At the last second they swerve back in their own lane," said a driver.

Another admitted, "My friend rear ended someone because they were texting and driving."

The Florida Legislature has 12 bills pending against texting and driving. The U.S. Department of Transportation also taking steps to halt the dangerous behavior.

Ultimately, though, as with all risky behaviors, drivers we talked to say they'll make their own choices about texting and driving and deal with the consequences.

Here are some tips to avoid deadly driving distractions.