89 percent of respondents believe texting while driving is dangerous and should be outlawed.
66 percent of the adults surveyed who drive and use text messaging told pollsters they had read text messages or e-mails while driving. Fifty-seven percent admitted to sending them.
The survey was from 3 years ago, but a more recent Pew Survey reported in this Huffington Post piece found a similar rate. Of those adults who use text messaging, 47% have done so while driving (that works out to a little more than 1/4 of adults who text while driving).
So….at least some of the people who were surveyed know that texting while driving is dangerous and think that it should banned, but they do it anyway. Although these responses seem incoherent, there are two ways to make sense of them:
1) Some of the respondents are oddly sado-masochistic; they know they’re being bad and want to be punished. With a ticket.
2) Some of the respondents know that they are so devoid of will power that they need some external deterrent to avoid doing something they know to be stupid.
I’m not sure which is worse…