Report: One in three drivers text while driving
POSTED: Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 10:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 10:34pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Mom can't always be in the backseat reminding teenagers to keep their eyes on the road and their hands off the cell phone. It turns out that adult drivers are also easily distracted.
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control shows 1 in 3 drivers texts while driving and a majority talk on their cell phones.
The CDC report also shows that just 21 percent of drivers in the U.K. talk on their cell phones while on the road compared to 69 percent of U.S. drivers. Texting while driving is also significantly lower in Europe.
It's unclear whether the reasons for the differences lie in policies or culture or both.
Car makers worldwide now offer hands-free telephone systems like Bluetooth; however, even when hands and eyes are technically where they're supposed to be -- the mind can easily drift elsewhere when driving while talking on a cell phone.
Experts say the most effective way to stay safe while driving - to declare the car a "no phone zone."