By KYW Social Media Editor Melony Roy
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – As we approach the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers — Memorial Day to Labor Day — a new study shows drivers not only continue to text and drive, but also admit to doing all sorts of other smartphone activities while driving.
The new survey from AT&T found motorists are checking social media, surfing the web and video chatting while behind the wheel.
Joseph Devis, the Executive Director of External Affairs, says no smartphone activity is worth a life:
“It just magnifies in our view the need to enhance and evolve the “It Can Wait” campaign to go beyond texting and to promote the personal responsibility that we all have to keep our eyes on the road and not on our phone.”
Nearly four in ten of those surveyed say they go on social media while driving. Twenty-seven-percent check Facebook, 14-percent go on Twitter and Instagram and one-third of those surveyed say they tweet and drive all the time.
“These are all great social media platforms to stay in touch with people, but not while you’re driving,” Devis says “People think they can multitask…you really can’t, especially when you’re behind the wheel.”
According to The Center for Disease Control, each day in the United States, more than nine people are killed and more than 1,000 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.