WILBRAHAM, Mass. (WWLP) - If you haven't done it yourself, you've seen someone do it--- texting while driving is considered the most dangerous distraction on the road because it requires the driver's eyes, hands and brain.
As the least experienced drivers on the road, teens usually get a bad rap for texting while driving. But a new survey from AT&T shows they're not the worst offenders. Nearly half -- 49%-- of adults admit to sending or receiving texts at the wheel, and they do it even more than they did three years ago.
"I drive back and forth to Boston almost every day and I see it all the time. I imagine adults probably think they can get away with it. They've driven longer and that the kids don't know how to handle a car and they can do it," said Donald Davenport of Hampden.
Researchers found sending or receiving a text takes the drivers eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. The amount of time it would take to drive the length of a football field at 55 mph.
Many of the adult drivers in the survey say texting while driving has just become habit. One driver told 22News he thinks more technology should be utilized to combat the problem and make roads safer for everyone.
"It'd be a lot safer if a text came while you were driving and you could hear it instead of trying to work your device and take your eyes off the road," said Daniel Miles of Wilbraham.
One teen driver told 22News she's not surprised adults text more in the car. She said she can find plenty of other times to check her inbox.
"Teens definitely do it. But I think a lot of them are smart though. We text all day, we don't need to text while driving. It can wait," said Lexie Arbour of Monson.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 39 states and the District of Columbia ban texting while driving altogether, and five states ban new drivers from texting.