Texting and driving has widely been cited as a traffic hazard in the United States. Now a new survey finds that adults are texting behind the wheel more often than teenagers.
According to an AT&T survey of 1,011 adult drivers, almost half of the adults in America say they text while driving, compared to 43 percent of teens.
"Texting while driving is not just a teen problem," John Ulczycki, with the National Safety Council, told USA Today. "Teens text. But you're looking at around 10 million teen drivers, but about 180 million other adult drivers."
"I was a little bit surprised," Charlene Lake, AT&T's senior vice president-public affairs, said. "It was sobering to realize that texting while driving by adults is not only high, it's really gone up in the last three years."
More than nine people die every day in car crashes caused by drivers who are distracted. USA Today reports that texting while driving is considered the most dangerous form of distracted driving.