The smartphone buzzes or dings, a driver's heart's start racing. Even a glimpse at the screen could be deadly.
A recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that drivers believe distracted driving is a growing epidemic and one of the greatest dangers facing motorists today.
“We have to find new ways to remind people to keep their eyes on the road, not on their phones,” said Mike Blasky, spokesman for AAA. “People know this is a dangerous behavior, but many of them do it anyway."
Nearly nine out of 10 drivers surveyed by researchers said that distracted driving is on the rise. Drivers felt that distracted driving was more dangerous than aggressive driving, drugged driving or drunk driving.
Drivers said the problem is only getting worse.
With more than 50 percent in agreement, drivers reported they regularly see other drivers emailing or texting while behind the wheel.