More adults than teens admit to texting behind the wheel

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by Marie Saavedra

azfamily.com

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 28 at 10:20 PM

PHOENIX -- We've all heard that one of the biggest worries on the road is teens texting and driving. But adults are just as guilty.

"I've done it! I'm guilty about it, especially when I stop at red lights," said Ray Velasco.

During a quick cruise around the Valley, we found plenty of people over 18 just typing away, and not always at a red light. Maybe you can identify with this story:

"I was driving and I was texting and I didn't realize there was a car ahead of me and if I hadn't put my phone down two seconds earlier I might have hit him. It was a wakeup call," said Omer Faizi.

A new study from AT&T shows 49 percent of adults admit to texting while driving. That's more than the teens, at 43percent.

Nearly all the adults said they texted even though they knew it was wrong. If you're one of them, Gina Camacho of Chandler hopes her story will change your thinking.

"He knew better. We had those conversations and he made a very bad choice," she said.

He is Camacho's only son, George. She warned him of the dangers of his phone behind the wheel, but in January 2010, his choice cost him his life at 19.

"He was almost to his exit, he received a text, read the text and then answered the text and at that point he lost control of his vehicle and never gained control again," she said.

Camacho now focuses on keeping others from also making that fatal decision. Especially adults, who should know they're not invincible.

"I wish I could just touch them. I wish I could just talk to them. I wish I could show them a picture of Georgie and let them know that you might be able to do it and be okay that one time, but all it takes is one time and one second," said Camacho.

Thirty-five states and the District of Columbia have banned texting while driving for all ages. Bills looking to ban it in Arizona have failed to make it far in the State Legislature.
 

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