Majority of texting drivers in North Carolina are over 25

Usually, teen drivers are seen as the population more prone to texting while driving.  Various factors, such as inexperience and technologies, weight against them.  But in North Carolina, it appears that teen drivers aren’t the only ones texting while driving; adults are just as bad. 

Off the 1259 citations handed out since the law went into effect in December 2009, 612 were given to drivers between the age of 16 and 25, which translates in 48.6% of all citations.  Adults between the age of 26 and 35 accounted for 375 tickets, or 30% of all citations.  Men and women are almost equally distracted on the road, as 648 citations were given to men, compared to 611 for women.

A spokesman for AAA Carolinas, Brendar Byrnes, said that while young drivers are usually targeted when it comes to distracted driving, adult drivers, are also at risk.

“This is really one of the biggest problems and the hurdles to not only fighting distracted driving but enacting legislation against distracted driving,” Byrnes said. He added that the number of citation do not represent the reality, as a study from AAA found that 39% of North Carolina drivers admit to texting while driving.

Since December 1, 2009, text messaging is banned for all drivers in North Carolina.  Violators face a $100 fine.  The law is even tougher for drivers under the age of 18, as they are prohibited from using cell phones while driving — with or without hands-free devices.

Source: Associated Press, January 28, 2010

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