AAA: Many still text while driving

The majority of motorists on U.S. roads feel less safe than they did five years ago, according to a new study from AAA.

The majority of motorists on U.S. roads feel less safe than they did five years ago, according to a new study from AAA.

AAA reported in its "2010 Traffic Safety Culture Index" that 52 percent of motorists feel unsafe while driving. A whopping 88 percent said that text messaging or responding to e-mails is a "very serious threat to their safety." AAA said 62 percent of respondents consider talking on a mobile phone a serious threat to safety.

The problem is AAA found that those who fear for their safety are engaging in the very same activities that are potentially putting them and others at risk. In fact, 70 percent of respondents said that they talk on their mobile phones while driving. Another 24 percent of people said that they "read or sent text messages or e-mails while driving in the previous month."

For more on this story, read see Texting drivers feel unsafe, but still do it on ZDNet Asia.

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