Texting on Road Still Epidemic in MA

A year ago this week, Cambridge, MA-based speech software company Vlingo released its first study of the texting-while-driving phenomenon, finding that 28 percent of all survey respondents admitted to sending text messages while behind the wheels of their cars. It’s a hazardous habits that, with the recent Green Line trolley accident in Boston (linked to alleged texting by the trolley’s driver), has been in the local news recently. The good news in Vlingo’s second annual study, released today, is that texting-while-driving is down slightly nationally: only 26 percent of drivers admitted to engaging in the behavior this year. The bad news is that drivers in Massachusetts are apparently texting more from their cars than last year (or are at least admitting to it more openly): the state ranked 23rd worst in the nation in the 2008 rankings, but advanced to the 11th worst slot this year, with 30 percent of respondents saying they text while driving.

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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