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AT&T survey shows commuters continue to text and drive, outnumber the kids

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AT&T survey shows commuters continue to text and drive, outnumber the kids
Screenshots from AT&T's Drive Mode
Screenshots from AT&T's Drive Mode

Screenshots from AT&T's Drive Mode

With April being Distracted Driving Awareness month, it was apropos that AT&T conducted a survey of commuters to see how many of them are driving while distracted by their smartphone. First of all, the carrier says that 98% of those who commute daily know about the dangers of texting and driving. We don't about you, but we'd be interested in seeing the 2% who don't know that such actions are dangerous.

Meanwhile, 49% of commuters text and drive. That is actually higher than the 43% of teens who are fiddling with their QWERTY keyboards while driving. And the teens are supposed to learn from us? 60% of those commuters who are texting and driving say that three years ago, they never would have been caught dead (no pun intended) committing this deadly act.

BlackBerry and Android users can download AT&T's free Drive Mode app. If you have the app enabled and are in a vehicle traveling over 25mph, any incoming text is interrupted and a return message automatically goes out to the sender of the message, saying that you are behind the wheel and will return the message later. It is a free download from the Google Play Store or BlackBerry World, and one that could save your life.

source: AT&T (1), (2), (3), (4) via IntoMobile

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posted on 29 Mar 2013, 16:14 3

1. roscuthiii (Posts: 2241; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Well... playing Devil's Advocate, there are a lot of us commuters out there stuck bumper-to-bumper barely getting even up to idle speed a lot of the time.
What else to do other than text at those times? I guess one could always look left at the guy picking his nose, look right at the lady applying make-up using the rear-view, or praying the guy in front of you at least has some interesting bumper stickers to read.

Back to the topic at hand though, my gf's Moto phone w/ Smart Actions has this type of drive mode setting. Worked well enough letting me know she couldn't respond because she was driving the other day, but the message was pretty important and I'd rather have had her know I needed to talk to her then, not much later after the fact.
So, it's off now and we're just gonna go back to good ol' personal responsibility in pulling over when safe to engage in communication.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 19:07

4. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

SmartActions is great.... but Tasker is better! :D

Also, I never understand why people want to live in big cities like that. Such a waste of time.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 16:35 1

2. humaningeneral (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

Thank you writer Alan F. (:

Comment: If At&t really cared about these circumstances and its consumer, it would have pushed incoming data laws to prevent these always reoccuring accidents. Sounds like someone wants good/distracting publicity or does not want people to realize that blaming incoming data for accidents is rational. (Its rational because some people are stupid drivers, At&t knows it will always happen, they want you to use up youre data, and if you think at&t corp is a saint, a giant speaking of laws wake people up, & they along with other abusing corps don't want that.) Oh,PS, Airplane mode, useful function named inconveniently to make idiots not notice it aka At&ts safety net in case one might sue.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 18:53

3. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)

Your argument does not make sense its not the carrier responsibility its yours. For you to say att is evil because they didn't push a bill that takes away personal responsibility is flawed. People always want to blame others for there own problems.

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