Pemco study says texting-while driving has increased among Washington drivers

A recent poll by Pemco Insurance reports that Washington drivers are reading and sending text messages more than ever even though a ban has been in effect for more than a year. According to the article on the Pemco web-site, the rate of texting has doubled even though most drivers believe it is an unsafe practice.

Pemco’s June 2009 poll results show that 18 percent of Washington drivers who use electronic devices admit to sending, receiving and reading text messages while driving. In February 2006, only 6 percent of those polled reported to texting while driving.

Increasingly, studies show that attentive behavior like texting greatly increases the risk of a car accident.

According to Pemco, 70% of all drivers believe that cell phone laws should be strengthened and that the text messaging law, RCW 46.61.668 SENDING, READING, OR WRITING A TEXT MESSAGE WHILE DRIVING, should be changed from a secondary to a primary offense. A primary offense is one in which the police officer can stop a driver for.

See the complete PEMCO report here.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. If you believe your car accident was caused because of another driver’s use of a cell phone, you may have a case for negligence. See What if my accident was caused by someone using a cell phone?

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