New York: Nearly 91% of Americans believe sending text messages while driving is as dangerous as driving after having a couple of drinks, but 57% admit to doing it, a poll released on 7 August said.
The Harris Interactive survey commissioned by mobile messaging service Pinger Inc. found 89% of respondents believe texting while driving is dangerous and should be outlawed.
Even so, 66% of the adults surveyed who drive and use text messaging told pollsters they had read text messages or e-mails while driving. Around 57% admitted to sending them.
The state of Washington in May passed the first ban in the US on texting while driving and at least six other states including New York, California and Florida are considering similar legislation, Pinger said in a statement releasing the survey results.
The survey found that men and women sent text messages while driving at equal rates but that the young did so more frequently. Over 64% of those who admitted to sending text messages while driving were aged 18-34% while 6% were 55 or older.
The poll surveyed 2,049 US adults from 29 June to 3 July, giving the survey a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.