Nearly seven in 10 young drivers are texting behind the wheel, and a growing number of them are accessing the Internet on their cellphones while driving, according to a new annual survey by insurer State Farm.
Despite years-long national campaigns against texting while driving, which is now illegal in 39 states and the District of Columbia, 68 percent of young drivers – those 18-29 – reported engaging in the practice, up from 64 percent last year. That compares with 34 percent of all drivers who reported texting while driving, up from 32 percent a year ago.
There were even sharper increases in surfing the Internet while driving: 48 percent of young drivers reported accessing the Web behind the wheel, up from 43 percent last year. Those figures exclude programming a GPS device.
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