Adults are more likely than teens to admit to texting while driving, according to a recent AT&T survey. Yahoo News asked adult drivers: Have you texted while driving? Here's one anecdote and perspective.
COMMENTARY | Whenever I see people texting while driving, I get furious. When any of my friends text while driving, I call them out on it. Naturally, I am a hypocrite.
Despite my avowed hatred for texting while driving, I found myself doing it in September last year. A friend had called me during work with very important news. Because I was work, I had to put her off, but I promised to contact her as soon as I got off work. She told me she might not be able to answer the phone at that time, but could receive texts.
My ethics were simply thrown out the window. As soon as I got into the car, I started texting her to let her know I was free if she wanted to talk. I kept my text short and tried to only do it while stopped at a traffic light, but that wasn't entirely possible. I don't know the laws in Pennsylvania for certain, but I think it was illegal and I felt guilty the entire time.
I got home safely and didn't cause any accidents. Despite this, my opinion hasn't changed. I knew I was distracted and unsafe while driving, especially given the light rush hour traffic I was in.
Would I do it again? I'd like to think I would be more ethical in the future, either pulling my car over and typing a text or being patient enough to wait until the end of my 15-minute drive home. But I have seen how easy it is to give in to temptation. And as much as I hate the practice, I understand now why it is so prevalent.