New AT&T polls shows adults text and drive more than teens


In a new poll from AT&T, nearly half of all commuters admitted to texting while driving, 49 percent. That's a higher rate than even teenagers. 

Jamie Kolovadis spends most of the day in her car for work.

"I will often have to, you know, be thinking and you know pull over to, you know, send a text really quick because, you know, that might help another situation," she said.

Company policy doesn't allow to text or talk on the phone while driving.

"I have times where I have texted on the weekends and things when you can't be at two places and once and it is dangerous but it is so hard," Kolovadis said.

More than 40 percent of drivers who admitted to texting while driving say it's a habit.

"It's hard to get it through to a person like that but they need to realize that in the event that something does happen, you can't take it back," said Sgt. Ronald Atkins of the Macon County Sheriff's Office.  "It just like drinking and driving, once it's done, it's done. There's nothing you can do. You can't bring a life back you can't fix somebody's injury."

Six out of 10 drivers say they didn't text and drive at all just three years ago. Today it's only about half. And it's not just teenagers doing it.

"When it comes to texting, more adults are becoming more familiar with texting," said Eric Robinson, a spokesman for AT&T. "They text with their kids. It's the way that they like to communicate and unfortunately, it appears that more adults now are texting while driving than they used to three years ago. That's a disturbing finding in the commuter survey."

AT&T has launched its own campaign called it can wait.

"You've got to make that decision not to text and drive," Robinson said. "There is no text message that's worth losing a life over."

Kolovadis is starting to get that message but it isn't easy.

"It's hard to get away from," she said. "I mean we live really busy lives."

A busy life but a text that can wait.

The Macon County Sheriff's Office said just about anytime they send out an unmarked car, they catch someone texting while driving. In the future, they may consider having officers do occasional patrols just for texting while driving.

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