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Some drivers think they can text and drive

Texting on a handheld device while behind the wheel is against the law in New Jersey, yet people still do it. Cell phone use while driving, particularly texting, has become common and pushed many states to pass laws against it. A survey by Progressive Insurance finds that most people believe texting while driving should be illegal, yet many still do it anyway.

The survey of approximately 1,000 drivers aged 18 and older was conducted in August 2017. The majority of people polled said that texting while driving should be illegal, but 34 percent said they believe in their own ability to text and drive safely. Age played a large factor on this question, with more than 64 percent of drivers 18-34 saying they are confident in their ability to text and drive safely, while only 6 percent of those at or over 55 said they can do so. But younger drivers do think that cell phone use while driving is dangerous, as 64 percent in the 18-34 age group said it is the primary cause of car accidents.

Men also appear to feel more confident in their own ability to text and drive, according to the poll. Although a minority of 21 percent, said they can text and drive safely, only 11 percent of women said the same. Drivers also don't think making a voice call is okay while driving. Only 25 percent of people surveyed said it is. Half of the drivers said that they feel irritated when they see another driver texting at the wheel, and 62 percent said they feel concerned.

A texting driver who is involved in an accident that injures or kills another person could be liable for damages. Criminal charges against drivers after car accidents are separate from civil actions brought against the driver by people who were injured.

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