This is probably hard to believe, but it appears that texting is not actually one of the most common causes of distracted driving on Arizona highways.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety this week released statistics on distracted driving that the agency has been compiling all year, as part of an enforcement campaign focusing on distracted drivers. In both distracted-driving-related traffic stops and collisions, texting was just the seventh-most common distraction.
However, other cell phone use was the top cause of traffic stops related to distracted driving, so people on Twitter or Facebook instead of texting could have helped inflate those numbers.
"We all know that these devices are basically mobile computers . . . so there's a lot more going on," DPS spokesman Raul Garcia tells New Times.More »