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March 21, 2013

Our view: We text, talk more

A new survey about talking and texting while driving found the dangerous practice is more widespread in the U.S. than in seven European countries.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 69 percent of U.S. drivers said they talked on a cellphone while driving within the previous month. Additionally, 31 percent of U.S. drivers reported reading or sending texts or emails while driving, which, as we all know, is illegal in Massachusetts.

The numbers are higher here than in European countries. Only 21 percent of United Kingdom drivers reported talking on their phones while driving. Only Portugal came close to the U.S. at 59 percent.

Given the post-winter state of the roads in these parts, we wonder why more drivers aren’t grasping the wheel with both white-knuckled hands.

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