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AAA survey: Teens not most likely to text and drive

So which age group is most at fault for texting while driving? Chances are it's not the age group you might suspect.

Kansas AAA Vice President Jim Hanni says people ages 25 to 39 are the worst offenders -- not teenagers.

Hanni tells KVOE News a lot of people recognize the dangers of distracted driving, with about 90 percent of those surveyed saying it's a bigger problem than it was three years ago. They just don't practice what they preach.

Nearly half the 25-to-39 age group said they have sent a text or email while driving over the past month, with one in 10 doing so on a regular basis. Over 80 percent of people ages 25 to 39 reported using their phone while driving, with over 40 percent saying they do so regularly.

By contrast, 31 percent of drivers from ages 16 to 18 report texting while driving over the last 30 days, with seven percent doing so regularly. The overall percentage of both phone use and texting goes up, peaking with the 25-to-39-year-olds, and then drops. For those ages 75 and older, less than a third have used their phone within the last month as they drive and one percent have texted over the past month. 

The AAA Foundation surveyed over 2,300 people for the report. It now says more than 3,000 deaths and one out of every 10 fatal crashes involves distracted driving of some sort. It also points to research indicating hands-free phone devices offer no significant safety benefits over handheld phones.

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