AAA has declared war on drexting. Declaring that texting
while driving is a "dangerous distraction," the automobile club has announced a campaign to get it banned in all 50 states.
Already, 18 states and Washington, D.C., have enacted such bans, New Jersey and California among them.
supported the push for a nationwide ban with research from the Auto
Club of Southern California that showed the state's ban, enacted in
January, appears to be reducing the number of people texting while
driving. According to the research, in Orange County, researchers saw
1.4 percent of drivers doing the deed before the law. Since then, just
0.4 percent of drivers were observed texting. So either most people
have stopped or they've become better at hiding it.
AAA says texting while driving should be illegal everywhere...A study
recently released by the Michigan State Medical Society claimed that
texting while driving made it six times more dangerous. The society
deemed texting the most dangerous distraction because the National
Highway Traffic Administration put all cell phone use at the top of the
list of distractions; the society said that included texting and
therefore made the act the most dangerous distraction.
the exponential increase in texting's popularity over the past four
years: "According to the wireless industry trade association CTIA, the
number of monthly text messages reached 110 billion at the end of
2008-a more than 11-fold increase in three years."