Bans alone don't stop all texting motorists
The survey of nearly 5,000 US consumers was commissioned by Vlingo Corp., a Cambridge company that specializes in voice-to-text technology for smartphones. One Vlingo application lets a smartphone user text by talking and hear text messages spoken out loud.
Vlingo released the survey results in a press release as a new Massachusetts law goes into effect that bans texting while driving.
The survey found that smartphone users between the ages of 20 to 29 years old had the highest percentage - 62 percent - of offenders admitting to texting while driving, Vlingo said.
"We've conducted this survey three years in a row, and each year despite the growing awareness of distracted driving, people continue to endanger themselves and their passengers by typing and reading messages behind the wheel," Vlingo president and chief executive Dave Grannan said in a statement. "It is clear from our survey and a recent report published by the Highway Loss Data Institute, 'Texting Laws and Collision Claim Frequencies,' that banning texting while driving does not automatically make roads safer; we're also going to need a technology solution, which is where Vlingo is focused."