Half of U.S. drivers say they often use cellphones behind the wheel

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(HealthDay News) - Texting and driving can be deadly. Holding your phone in your hand to talk and surf the internet while behind the wheel is dangerous, too.

This is widely known, but a new survey finds that about half of all respondents still use an electronic device most or every time they drive.

"I'd say it's not as much surprising as it is frustrating," said Adam Snider, a spokesman for the nonprofit Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), which wasn't involved in the study but issued a news release after it was released. "Distracted driving is something that is incredibly pervasive."

In the survey, conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), more than 2,000 licensed drivers were asked how much they agreed with dozens of statements designed with the Health Belief Model in mind. Read the full article here.

Cellphone in the hand of a driver behind the wheel of a vehicle