Posted: May 25, 2012 10:02 PM by Dax VanFossen (KAJ News)
Updated: May 28, 2012 9:20 AM
KALISPELL- A recent study released by phone company AT&T says that thanks to text messages summer is the deadliest time on the roadway for teen drivers.
The survey found teenagers feel pressure to quickly respond to text messages, even while driving. The nationwide poll found that texting ranks as the number one mode of communication among teens and on average teens text five times more a day than a typical adult.
Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says the survey's results are pretty much common knowledge, but added adults are also responsible.
"We certainly know first hand that texting while driving is dangerous, not just for teens, but for adults, it's just hugely distractive and I think eventually you're going to see it, be outlawed everywhere in the country, he explained. "For those of us that have done it at some point and time or another, it's very easy for us to not pay attention to what's going on and be involved in an accident."
The study shows 62% of teens feel getting reminders from their own parents not to text and drive would be effective in getting them or their friends to stop texting and driving.