Text messaging, or “texting” by teens, a driving distraction related to cellphone use, was the subject of an August 2006 Teens Today survey conducted by the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). The survey showed that teens considered sending text messages via cellphones to be their biggest distraction. Of the teens surveyed, 37 percent said that text messaging was extremely or very distracting, while 20 percent said that they were distracted by their emotional states and 19 percent said that having friends in the car was distracting. The January 2007 survey by Nationwide found that 19 percent of motorists say they text message while driving.
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Ohio authorities: Texting blamed for car crash
Eighteen-year-old Sarah Stearns of Monroe was thrown from the vehicle about 2 a.m. Wednesday. A spokesman for the State Highway Patrol says Stearns has been cited for operating a vehicle without reasonable control.
Stearns was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Officials say they don't know how many accidents occur while drivers are texting. The Ohio Department of Public Safety says similar practices, such as talking on a cell phone or putting on makeup, fall into a catch-all category of "driver inattention."