Survey shows many are ignoring consequences of distracted driving

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – We’ve all seen it. People texting or talking on the phone while driving.

A new survey shows that people are ignoring the consequences of distracted driving.

“I’m not surprised by that,” Monica Farrar, the program director at the Resource Training Center said.

AT&T found that one in 10 people could be video-chatting one their drive home. Sixty-one percent admitted to texting and driving and 17 percent said they take a steering wheel selfie.

“You see people either out on their phone or texting. And you think, they could hit me. They could hit somebody else,” Katie Keith of Buffalo said.

Farrar runs the Alive at 25 program at the Resource Training Center in Amherst. It teaches people how to change their approach to driving.

Farrar has noticed that it’s not just teens who are driving while distracted. “I think a lot of times young people are learning from their adult role models.”

Farrar believes many people they don’t think about the consequences. “I don’t believe that anybody thinks they’re going to get caught. So they risk it. Somebody that’s doing that repeatedly two or three times being stopped, is a high risk individual and they’re going to do it anyway.”

In the survey, twenty-two percent of the people who accessed a social network while driving gave “addiction” as a reason.

Kelly Cline of West Seneca lost her son AJ in 2007 in a fatal texting-while-driving accident. She hopes people change their ways before a catastrophic event forces them too.

In 2013, she told News 4, “These are not just regulations and laws. It’s about the lives that can and will be saved. Unfortunately, my family has firsthand knowledge of what can happen when someone chooses to text and drive,” Cline said.

If you are pulled over in the state for talking on your phone or texting. For a first offense, you can get a fine up to $200. You can also get 5 points on your license. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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