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Texting And Driving Worries Decrease
A AAA study out Thursday says drivers are growing less concerned about texting and driving on the roadways.
AAA says traffic deaths jumped 5.3% in 2012, rising for the first time in seven years.
"The share of people who said they believe texting or emailing while driving is a very serious threat declined only slightly" between 2008 and 2012 AAA said in a press release.
The number of drivers calling texting a "very serious threat" dropped from 87 % in 2009 to 81% in 2012.
Highway Patrol Trooper Doug Walker estimated that 7 in 10 people he sees driving have a cell phone in their hand.
AAA said that one in four people admitted to texting while on the road in the last month.
"It appears that they're just getting complacent, that they think they can do it often enough without causing any trouble," said Walker.
"It just shows that it's more important to get a message or receive a message, I'm assuming, than their safety."
By Ashlea Surles
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