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Texting while driving is increasing


LANSING (WKZO) --The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says despite all the warnings about the dangers of texting and driving, a new survey shows twice as many people admit to having the bad habit.

A poll conducted two years ago showed that about 8% of all drivers were willing to admit to texting behind the wheel. This year’s poll showed that number had increased to over 16%, and it wasn’t just young adults.  

Lynn Sutfin says it’s tough to get accurate numbers on how often texting causes wrecks because there is no uniform reporting method, but there has been a lot of anecdotal evidence.  

Research into distracted driving also shows that it can be very dangerous. 

The poll also shows that attitudes on using seat belts and avoiding alcohol have improved,

 Sutfin says they will use the survey results to help guide their efforts to make driving safer.