Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


Study: Texting While Driving has Doubled Since Law Went into Effect

Photo by Lucyrk in LA via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr
LAist relies on your reader support.
Your tax-deductible gift today powers our reporters and keeps us independent. We rely on you, our reader, not paywalls to stay funded because we believe important news and information should be freely accessible to all.

Since California's no texting while driving law went into effect 19 months ago, texting and use of smart phones has just about doubled, finds a study conducted by The Auto Club. The membership organization found that 2.7% of drivers at anytime are breaking the law. The same study conducted earlier this year found that 1.1% of drivers were texting.Young women were the biggest texting offenders (4.3% texting at any time) while the majority of young men were observed using smart phones or other devices like iPods (3.1% at any time).

And despite 84% of teens understanding the risks of distracted driving -- it can be riskier than drunk driving, actually -- 86% of teens in a AAA/Seventeen Magazine study admitted to texting while driving.