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Study: 36 percent of people admit to texting and driving

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Kenneth Plouffe said he's fed up with people using their cell phones while driving. As a trucker, his job requires him to be on the road at least eight hours a day.

“I mean, if you're texting and driving, you have a 5-second window that you're not paying attention to nothing but that phone.”

Unfortunately, a new survey conducted by State Farm said when it comes to driving and cell phones, things are not any getting better.

“For someone to be doing that, they don't need to have a license I don't think,” Plouffe said.

The survey found more than 94 percent of drivers felt cell phone use was at least somewhat distracting. Yet 36 percent still admit to text messaging while behind the wheel. Joceyln Hall from MDOT believes it.

“I am not surprised. Smart phones make everything so readily accessible,” Hall said.   

The survey said using a cellphone for talking while driving is down. The use of accessing the internet while driving has more than doubled.

The study also found that distracted driving behaviors are more common in metro areas. The tendency to be on your phone while on the road is a lot more common in the under 40 crowd.

More than half of all participants said that laws banning cell phone use are enforced to little or no extent.

“If I was in my commercial vehicle and had to be professional I would tell them to remain off their cell phone for the safety of others. But if it was just me in my car I would have colorful language to use against them,” Plouffe said.

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