WASHINGTON — Distracted drivers are no longer just texting and talking on their cellphones in their car — now, they’re using social media and snapping selfies.
A new study from AT&T, polling more than 2,000 people who use smartphones and drive at least once a day, shows nearly 4-in-10 smartphone users tap into social media while driving. Almost 3-in-10 surf the net, while a surprisingly 1-in-10 take it even further and video chat.
The study shows 7-in-10 people engage in smartphone activities while driving, with texting and emailing still the most prevalent.
Facebook tops the list for social media use while driving, with more than a quarter of those polled using the app. About 1-in-7 said they’re on Twitter behind the wheel.
Smartphone activities people say they do while driving include:
– Text (61%)
– Email (33%)
– Surf the net (28%)
– Facebook (27%)
– Snap a selfie/photo (17%)
– Twitter (14%)
– Instagram (14%)
– Shoot a video (12%)
– Snapchat (11%)
– Video chat (10%)
The study also found:
– 62% keep their smartphones within easy reach while driving.
– 30% of people who post to Twitter while driving do it “all the time.”
– 22% who access social networks while driving cite addiction as a reason.
– Of those who shoot videos behind the wheel, 27% think they can do it safely while driving.
AT&T says it will expand their “It Can Wait®” campaign from a focus on texting while driving to include other smartphone driving distractions that have emerged as our relationships with our devices have changed.
In D.C., Maryland and Virginia, all drivers are prohibited from using handheld cellphones while driving. All are primary enforcement laws, meaning a police officer may cite a driver for using a handheld cellphone without any other traffic offense taking place.
D.C., Maryland and Virginia also ban text messaging for all drivers, also a primary enforcement law.
Too see the complete study from AT&T, click here.
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