EDITOR’S NOTE: Boca Raton Police recently told us that officers have issued 16 tickets and 13 citations to drivers texting and driving since the late went into effect in October of 2013. Tickets — for now — can only be issued if a police officer sees someone commit another offense (examples: speeding, reckless driving). They can not issue a texting ticket if texting and driving is the only offense being committed.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (FROM AT&T) — AT&T today announced the results of a survey that have prompted the company to expand the It Can Wait®campaign from a focus on texting while driving to include other smartphone driving distractions.
New research from AT&T shows 7-in-10 people engage in smartphone activities while driving. Texting and emailing are still the most prevalent. But other smartphone activity use behind the wheel is now common. Nearly 4-in-10 smartphone users tap into social media while driving. Almost 3-in-10 surf the net. And surprisingly, 1-in-10 video chat.
Smartphone activities people say they do while driving include:
- Text (61%)
- Email (33%)
- Surf the net (28%)
- Facebook (27%)
- Snap a selfie/photo (17%)
- Twitter (14%)
- Instagram (14%)
- Shoot a video (12%)
- Snapchat (11%)
- Video chat (10%)
AT&T will use the survey findings to help drive awareness of the dangers of smartphone use behind the wheel, and to encourage life-saving behavior change. The company will launch a nationwide virtual reality tour this summer to help people understand that it’s not possible to drive safely while using a smartphone.