Texting and driving illegal, still a problem

First Coast High students sign pledge against texting and driving

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Texting and driving has been made illegal in several states that now include Florida, but it's still a growing problem.

Using your phone while driving quadruples your risk of being in a crash according to research that's been done.

Students at First Coast High School will be signing no texting while driving pledges, Tuesday morning. The Jacksonville Fire Union will also be there doing a "don't text and drive" presentation for students, talking about things they've seen and how dangerous it is.

In a recent study, more than 40 percent of people between the ages of 19 and 39 said they text while driving. Ten percent of them said they do it regularly. This is according to a new AAA Foundation for Traffic survey in which more than half of those questioned, said they talk on their cellphones while driving.

An estimated 660,000 Americans use electronic devices while driving at any moment and most people said they know how dangerous it is but do it anyway because they think they can do it safely.

The number of deaths on the road linked to distracted driving in 2012 dropped a little bit according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But they said it's still to blame for about ten percent of all crashes.

Surprisingly, the survey found the 16 to 18 years old group talked less on their phones while driving than any other group and were less likely to text than drivers between the ages of 19 and 39.

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