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Table 1: Percent of Respondents Who Disagreed With Each Distracted Driving Behavior - October 2009

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Distracted driving item: Percent
Drivers of motor vehicles should be allowed to text message on a cell phone, blackberry or similar device while driving… (Texting) 96.2
Televisions and video monitors in cars should be allowed to be mounted in a way that they are visible to drivers of OTHER cars… (In-Vehicle Monitors) 86.2
Drivers of motor vehicles should be allowed to talk on a hand-held cell phone while driving… (Hand-Held Phone) 80.0
Drivers of motor vehicles should be allowed to eat while driving… (Eating) 61.6
Drivers of motor vehicles should be allowed to talk on a cell phone using a hands-free device while driving… (Hands-Free device) 38.9
Controls on new cars should be mounted on the steering wheel so that drivers do not have to reach across to operate the radio or other audio player… (Mounted Controls) 27.8

NOTE: “Percent Disagree” combines both “somewhat disagree and “strongly disagree” categories of the response scale. Labels in italics used inside table 1 will be used in all subsequent graphics/text to identify distracted driving items.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Omnibus Household Survey, at http://www.bts.gov/programs/omnibus_surveys/household_survey/