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Too Many Drivers Eat, Text, Watch Videos and More Behind the Wheel — Survey of the Day

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Buckle your seat belts, folks.

According to Harris Poll chairman Humphrey Taylor regarding a new survey, “The number of drivers who engage in potentially dangerous, in some cases extremely dangerous, behaviors while driving is terrifyingly high.”

The poll of 2,800 adults found that 86 percent of drivers have eaten or drank when behind the wheel, 59 percent have spoken on a non-hands free cell phone, 41 have messed with their GPS unit and 37 percent have read or sent text messages.

Additionally, 36 percent admit to map reading while driving, 24 percent have done their hair, 14 percent of have applied makeup, 13 percent have surfed the web and seven percent have actually watched a video while driving.

[Heath Day]

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