Earlier this week, as Kansas became the 26th state to enact a behind-the-wheel anti-texting law applicable to all drivers, the folks at hands-free headset-maker Jabra released results of a survey/study conducted in April that threw a little wrench (and more!) into all the late discussion of worrisome activities drivers engage behind the wheel of fast-moving vehicles.
While 28 percent of survey respondents admitted to text-messaging while driving, more than half that number, a full 15 percent of respondents, said they “performed sex or other sexual acts” behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Note that we’re talking four-wheelers here, of course, as survey respondents’ average on-road time per week was below 10 hours.
Said Jonas Forsberg, general manager for North America of GN Netcom’s mobile division, “”It is truly unbelievable what people are doing while driving.” But is it? I imagine you’ve seen worse on occasion.
Here are the full published results:
DISTRACTING ACTIVITIES PERFORMED WHILE DRIVING
Kissing another person 29%
Sending text messages 28%
Performing sexual acts 15%
Putting on makeup 13%
Reading emails 12%
Reading newspapers or magazines 10%
Playing video games 5%
Affected trucks include model year 2008-2018 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 4700, 4900, 5700 and 6900 trucks. DTNA says after hard brake applications, the brake light pressure switch may not activate the brake lights with the light application of the brake pedal.