Web surfing while driving on the rise
For the past five years, drivers and their habits were studied by State Farm to follow the usage of ever-changing technology. At the beginning, only 13% of drivers admitted to picking up their smart phone while at the wheel, but that number nearly doubled by the end of the study.
"One out of four drivers is admitting they surf the internet while driving. An even scarier stat is that when you look at our young drivers, that statistic goes up to nearly 50%," said State Farm Spokesman Justin Tomczak.
Police say growing up in the era of the smart phone makes it much more natural for a younger driver to reach for their cell, but it should be done while the car is in park.
"If you want to surf the web while you're in your vehicle, pull over. Find a safe place to pull over because first of all, you're taking a chance of harming yourself or someone else, plus if you get caught you're going to be fined and you're going to get points on your driver's license," said Major Keith Houston with the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
Despite the high statistics of those who admit to breaking the law, 74% of drivers strongly agree with those laws put in place. It's illegal to text and drive in Georgia, but law enforcement officials say sometimes that's hard to prove.
However, they won't hesitate to get your phone records if needed.
"If someone has a crash, wreck and someone gets killed and it's alleged that someone was texting, most definitely we will subpoena the records," said Corporal Andrew McKenzie with the Georgia State Patrol.
Officials agree it will take a joint effort of education, legislation and enforcement to start taking the roads back from cell phone companies.