Older drivers catching up with teens on cell phone driving habits
Updated: Monday, December 2 2013, 08:28 AM MST
By: Chrisdyann Uribe
EL PASO, Texas-- A new survey shows the percentage of drivers over age 30 who use a cell phone while driving is catching up to younger drivers.
A new study by State Farm showed older drivers just as guilty of using electronic devices behind the wheel as teens.
It’s not just driving and texting. The number of drivers who use the internet has increased from 13 percent in 2009 to 24 percent in 2013.
Some drivers are upset at the numbers.
“I don’t think anybody should drive and talk on the cellphone,” said Gonzalo Aguilar, a West El Paso driver. “I don’t think anybody should drive and text. I think there should be some serious penalties that maybe will deter some of that.”
Cheryl Bower, also a West El Paso driver, said “it’s very dangerous. I know I’ve read about a lot of accidents and fatalities that have happened because of it. It doesn’t make sense that you can concentrate on one thing and be driving at the same time.”
Experts advise to turn the phone off, or keep it out of hand reach while driving.