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Survey finds adults text and drive more than teens

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Adults text and drive more frequently than teens, according to a new survey.

A questionnaire conducted by AT&T found 49 percent of adults surveyed are interacting with their phones while in the car, compared to 43 percent of teenagers.

"It's just one of those things -- you text because it's convenient, drive back home (on a) four-hour drive, you get bored," said one University of Iowa student.

But adults?

"It's kind of an easy thing to do," said Tyler Erickson, an Iowa City resident. "I grew up in southwest Iowa, so it's not quite as busy."

Erickson used to text while driving. Now, he stows his phone out of reach when he's behind the wheel, after tragedy struck somebody close to him.

"She was going through an intersection, and she didn't look and she got hit by a semi-truck, and it showed that she was just texting," he said.

The AT&T survey found more people are texting than in years past.

During Thursday's lunch hour, our camera picked up driver after driver staring at cell phones.

"We're watching our parents texting and talking on the phone, so this generation of drivers has been essentially immersed and plugged in since their entire life," said Dan McGehee, Director of the Human Factors and vehicle research program at the University of Iowa. "So this is really where we're seeing the increase in crashes related to distraction."

A continued education about the dangers of distracted driving can help. McGehee says he expects Iowa lawmakers will eventually make texting and driving a primary offense.

As for Erickson, he says he'll never handle his phone in the car again.

"It's not worth it," he said.

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