INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A new study from State Farm reveals more teens are admitting to using their phones and driving.
A survey showed 80 percent of teens admit they use their smartphones when driving. The survey, collected this July, asked teens from 16-19 questions about their driving behaviors. According to the survey, teens “who have been in a crash were more than three times more likely to report watching videos and browsing the internet while driving and two to three times more likely to send and read texts, take pictures, record video, read and update social media and play games on their cellphone while driving.”
Of the teens who stated they didn’t use their phones while driving, they report doing so for safety reason and because it’s illegal in their state.
State laws in Indiana make it difficult for Indiana State Police Troopers to enforce the no texting while driving policy.
According to statistics released Tuesday;
- Indiana State Police Troopers have cited 120 people so far this year for texting and driving.
- Last year, they cited 171.
- The state’s texting and driving ban went into effect in 2011 and since then, troopers have only cited 999 drivers.
- Since 2011, troopers have issued 1,318 warnings for texting and driving.
“We can’t just look at somebody using their phone and assume they’re texting and issue a citation for it. We have to prove they were texting,” explained ISP Trooper John Perrine.
The law is specific to texting. That means people can’t get cited for things like dialing a phone number or using GPS.
“All those by themselves are legal,” Perrine said.
Troopers can cite drivers for being distracted though, if they are weaving or forget to use a turn signal. If a teen has a probationary license and use their smartphone, they can be cited and face a fine of up to $500.
For more on the survey, click here.