A survey from State Farm says more drivers than ever are distracted behind the wheel. The insurer’s annual report on distracted driving found that with more people owning smartphones, drivers across all age groups are using those phones to text or browse the internet while they’re on the road. Illinois will address the problem when a ban on drivers using any hand-held devices goes into effect next year, but the survey says similar laws haven’t come close to eliminating the issue.
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“I think everyone that we surveyed felt that those laws are great,” said State Farm spokeswoman Missy Dundov, “but they did not really feel that the enforcement was there.” Forty-four percent of the 1,000 people surveyed said they would support technology that would prevent e-mailing or texting while driving. When drivers were asked how distracting they find certain activities, sending a text message was the top choice, with 76 percent describing it as “very distracting.”