Survey shows broad support for ban on texting while driving

For many people, the cell phone has become as necessary as oxygen. They no more expect to stop using it in the car than to stop breathing. But a survey conducted for Nationwide Insurance shows strong support for bans on texting and talking while driving.

The support crosses generational and geographic lines, with folks in the multitasking Northeast Corridor and plugged-in youngsters from generations X and Y all saying that we should give it a rest while behind the wheel. A majority of the 1,008 respondents questioned favored some type of restrictions on cell phone use while driving. Two-thirds said phone calls should be prohibited, and a whopping 80 percent gave a firm “no” to texting and e-mailing.

With all of this support, why are two-thirds of the drivers I see on the streets at any given time on the phone? Nationwide had an answer for that.

“Nearly half (49 percent) of drivers say a law restricting use of cell phones would not change their behavior because they don’t currently use cell phones while driving,” the company said. But it also noted that in a similar survey last year more than 80 percent of drivers admitted to phoning while driving. Someone is in denial.

Come on, people — admitting you have a problem is the first step toward solving it.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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