MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A new survey shows most of us agree driving while texting is dangerous, but nearly 75 percent are still doing it.
The survey, conducted by AT & T and Dr. David Greenfield with the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction in Connecticut, showed many are even compulsive when it comes to texting behind the wheel.
The survey found 28% are worried about missing out on something important if they don’t check their phones right away, 14 percent admitted they get anxious if they don’t respond to a text right away, 17 percent said they felt a sense of satisfaction when they read or respond to a text and 6 percent admitted they were addicted to texting.
More than 25 percent said they didn’t think their driving performance was affected by texting.
Drivers we talked with don’t agree.
Steven Douglas said his phone goes in the back seat when he drives.
He said it’s for safety and something he promised his wife.
“She always tells me if I have anything to say to her, to say it before I begin driving or wait until I get finished to get to my destination,” said Douglas.
AT&T is now offering the free DriveMode App to iPhone users.
The app silences text message alerts and lets those who text you know you are driving and cannot answer.
The app was previously only available on Android and Blackberry for AT&T users.
The iPhone version will be available to customers of competing carriers as well.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Commission found driving while texting is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated.