The survey found that more teenagers ages 14 to 17 think drunk driving could cause a fatal accident than believe texting could. They also thought that drunk driving is more likely to cause a crash and lead to a ticket and an arrest. Scientific research stands in contrast to these beliefs – a University of Utah study found that distractions caused by cell phones are as serious as those caused by driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08%.
The State Farm findings come after more than two years of a campaign against distracted driving, with an emphasis placed on texting. The Department of Transportation convened a distracted driving summit last year, and another is planned for this week. So far, 30 states have implemented texting while driving bans, including 10 this year.