Whispers Poll: Like Ray LaHood, Americans Hate Texting While Driving

Whispers poll boosts antitexting effort by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood isn't the only one who hates those who text or make calls while driving. A new Washington Whispers poll finds that texting and talking make 84 percent of you nuts. 

Our Synovate-eNation poll should be a big boost to LaHood and state governments moving to place a ban on texting while driving and those also trying to bar drivers from using hand-held phones to talk on. LaHood is working with Congress on a federal texting-while-driving ban and has already barred commercial truck and bus drivers from texting at the wheel. 

The Whispers Poll

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is cracking down on distracted driving, starting with banning commercial drivers from texting behind the wheel. Which driver antic most drives you nuts?

Texting 45%

Talking on a cellular phone 39%

Newspaper or map reading 10%

TV and DVD use 5%

Eating and drinking 1% 

Source: The Synovate eNation Internet poll was conducted February 12–17 among 1,000 nationally representative households by global market research firm Synovate. 

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