A new report finds that Americans are more likely than other Western countries to talk and text while driving:
Sarah Johnson summarizes:
The United States had the highest rate of both texting and talking while driving of any country in the survey. For adults 18-64 in the U.S., 69 percent reported talking on the phone while driving in the past 30 days at least once, and 31 percent reported texting or emailing while driving — tying with Portugal for the highest rate.
Why the disparity? One theory: All those European countries have laws against driving while talking on a hand-held phone. In the U.S., by contrast, fewer than half the states forbid adult drivers from driving while talking. See here for a legal overview.