Survey: 19% Admit Internet Use While Driving

DULUTH, GA. (WTOC) – A study by State Farm released Monday shows that nearly one quarter of drivers admit to using the Internet while driving.

The top web-based activities drivers to while behind the wheel are: finding or reading directions; reading email; looking up or referencing specific information of immediate interest and composing or sending email, according to the study.

The study was conducted in November 2010 of 912 drivers who have a valid driver's license, drive at least one hour per week, and own a smart phone.

Most of those surveyed said they engage in these activities when stopped at a stop light or stopped in heavy traffic, according to the study. They also commonly said they access the Internet when driving alone, during daylight hours, or on long drives on the interstate.

An estimated 40 percent of the U.S. population owns a smartphone, according to State Farm.

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