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Survey shows distracted driving numbers still rising

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CENTRAL TEXAS (KXXV) -

New data shows people are still texting and driving despite a nationwide effort to stop it.

The survey results are released each year, and each year they rise. 

Most distracted drivers are aware of the dangerous problem and simply choose to look past it. 

"It did not cause one, came close to it," Austin Conway said when asked if driving while distracted has ever made him get in an accident. "Sometimes I'll have to turn the radio up a little bit and boom."

Not all distracted drivers like Austin Conway get lucky enough to avoid an accident. 

"I got rear-ended by a girl, young girl, texting," Mike Cox, a victim of distracted driving, said. 

"Over 80 percent of all accidents are caused by distracted driving," Tyler Jermstead of State Farm said. 

But distracted driving by using your phone or eating food isn't just putting your life in danger. It's putting other people's lives in danger, too. 

"They're gonna kill somebody," Cox added. "I've been almost hit head on where I had to run off the road two times in the last year from people texting." 

Despite the likely daily reminders of just how dangerous distracted driving can be, the potentially deadly consequences don't seem to be enough to stop people.

"Ninety-five percent of people in the survey admitted that texting while driving is in fact a distraction, yet 35 percent of them do it anyway," Jermstead added. 

"If you kill somebody, is it worth the trade off? Killing somebody or your text?" Cox said. 

"I have been trying to stop especially with my phone. I still have to change the radio every now and then, but I do sometimes put my phone in the other seat," Conway added. 

The hope is eventually others will join Conway and cut out the distractions. 

"People for decades drove around without cell phones in their cup holders and you can do it, too," Jermstead said. 

 Distracted driving also includes playing on social media, attending to pets in the car and talking to passengers. 

State Farm's survey polled 1,000 drivers. 

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