16 percent of state drivers say they text, email

LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A poll reports a doubling in the percentage of Michigan drivers who acknowledge they text or use email while behind the wheel since the previous survey two years earlier.

The state police's Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning said Wednesday that 16.3 percent of the 600 people polled Jan. 13-16 acknowledge either texting or emailing while driving. A survey in 2012 found that 8.2 percent acknowledged testing or emailing behind the wheel.

WZZM 13 talked to drivers about the study. Paul Witherspoon says he's guilty of texting while driving and knows it's not a good idea. "You ain't going to be looking up in time to stop." Witherspoon says.

David Martin drives a truck for a living, ""It makes me nervous. I see people on the phone too," says Martin. "I'm less nervous about that though because they can still watch the road.

The survey, conducted by Glengariff Group Inc., says 58.7 percent of Michigan motorists also acknowledge making and accepting phone calls while driving. That's about the same as the 56.5 percent who acknowledged phoning in the 2012 survey.

The phone poll has a margin of sampling error of 4 percentage points up or down.


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