Nine of every 10 motorists believe that they are put at personal risk by others who talk on cellphones while driving. But seven out of 10 drivers report doing exactly that themselves anyway.
That's according to a new survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. It also found that motorists who use cellphones while driving are more likely to engage in additional risky behavior such as speeding, drowsy driving, not wearing seat belts, or texting or sending emails while behind the wheel.
"What concerns AAA is this pattern of risky behavior that even goes beyond cellphone use," said Rolayne Fairclough, AAA Utah spokeswoman. "These same cellphone-using drivers clearly understand the risk of distraction, yet are still likely to engage in a wide range of dangerous driving activities."