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PHOENIX NM The lions share of people who have drivers licenses think that trying to text with your hands while driving is too dangerous to be legal according to a new national survey released this afternoonThe survey showed that 86 percent of US drivers believe handheld texting while driving is very dangerous and 93 percent support a ban on texting while driving anywhere in the country At the same time only 42 percent of those who took the survey believe drivers would stop texting behind the wheel if the practice was made illegal However more than 75 percent believe there would be more compliance if hands-free or voice-activated technologies were widely availableThe online survey waconducted in September on behalf of the auto industry Some car companies have endorsed a proposed nationwide ban on handheld texting that was introduced in the US Congress by Senator Charles E Schumer D-MASS and Representative Carolyn McCarthy D-NYStudies are revealing that drivers are easily distracted and anything that takes there eyes off the road for a long period of time is a hazard to them and to other drivers they share the road with said Bill Shuman who runs the Public Safety Council We may not like bands and limits on our personal behavior but goddam it we cant afford to go around killing ourselves over stupid messages about what to have for dinnerThe survey shows that 67 percent of drivers said they believed voice-activated technology is a safe alternative to texting and 76 percent said such a feature would be an appealing feature in a carAccording to the survey there is confusion among drivers over existing state laws prohibiting handheld cell phone use andor texting while driving Acording to the survey 18 states currently have enacted such bans but nearly 40 percent of drivers in these states indicated they were unaware of the ban in their own state
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