Survey: 54 percent of drivers admit to texting while driving

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A survey from the website DriversEd.com found that a majority of American drivers admit to texting while driving.

The survey found that drivers said they most often read texts at red lights, and while sitting in traffic.

Eighteen percent of drivers admitted to checking social media behind the wheel, while 8 percent of drivers said that they watched YouTube videos while driving.

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The survey also found that 34 percent of drivers said that they were comfortable driving after having one drink and 10 percent of drivers said that they drove after smoking or ingesting marijuana.

Law enforcement agencies say that distracted driving is an epidemic across the country. About 3,450 people were killed in distracted driving crashes nationwide in 2016 alone, according to the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General.

Distracted driving is illegal in New Jersey, with fines of up to $400 for a first offense and a license suspension for multiple offenses.

More information about the survey can be found at DriversEd.com.

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