A new study shows texting while driving is on the rise, even as it becomes illegal in more and more states.
A study released Thursday shows a 50 percent increase in texting behind the wheel, while 35 states--Pennsylvania being the latest--have now passed laws banning the practice. The data was collected by the National Traffic Safety Administration in 2010.
"It is clear that educational messages alone aren't going to change their behavior," Jonathan Adkins, a spokesman for the Governors Highway Safety Association said. "Rather, good laws with strong enforcement are what is needed. Many drivers won't stop texting until they fear getting a ticket. The increase shows what an uphill challenge distracted driving remains."
Pilot programs were implemented in Syracuse, N.Y. and Hartford, Conn. earlier this year, where police increased enforcement of ticketing drivers for texting or talking on their phones while driving. Both cities saw a drop in illegal phone behavior.
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