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Survey says many text while driving

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Most of us know the dangers of texting and driving but a new study shows drivers are doing it more often than maybe they care to admit.

In a survey by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Patrol, twice as many people owned up to texting while driving than they did last year.

That's sixteen percent of the people they polled.

Many people TV5 talked to in Mid-Michigan think more than just sixteen percent of us are texting and driving.

"We're on the road a lot so we do see a lot of texting and driving and it's frustrating! We usually give them some extra room. We've even seen like tanker trucks swerving on the road, and we get close and we see them and they're texting," says driver Todd Schupbach.

Drivers say distracted driving isn't just from texting anymore. With smartphones, you could be updating your Facebook status, checking your e-mail, or even looking up directions.

But these things still take your eyes off the road, so it's best to just pull over.

The survey also showed that 59 percent of Michigan drivers admitted to talking on the phone while driving.

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