Cell Phones and Driving: An American Pastime

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If it seems like many of your fellow drivers are on a cell phone, it's not your imagination. American drivers claim the top spot when it comes to cell phone use, according to a recent survey. Government researchers say that more than two-thirds of people in our country admit to using a cell phone behind the wheel.

The survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, compared cell phone use between United States and European drivers. It found that:

  • Almost 69 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 64 admitted to talking on a cell phone while driving in the past 30 days. This compared to 21 percent of British drivers and 40 percent of those in France.
  • Thirty-one percent of U.S. drivers admitted to texting behind the wheel. This compared to 15 percent in Spain.

Different states in the U.S. have tried banning cell phone use while driving. In 2012, Pennsylvania made texting while driving illegal. Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have laws restricting some teens and new drivers from using cell phones behind the wheel.

Source: "When it comes to texting and driving, US is No. 1." NBCNews.com. March 14, 2013.