In the past 18 months, the percentage of Washington-state motorists who text-while-driving has increased from 6% to 18%, according to a survey taken by an insurance company.
This is despite the fact that "45 percent of drivers are more concerned about the distractions caused by text messaging than with other distractions." And 70 percent of motorists believe that text messaging should be a "primary offense." (Meaning that the police can pull you over and issue you a citation specifically for text messaging. Currently they can give you ticket, but only if they pull you over for something else you're doing wrong. Or after you smash into somebody while text messaging.)
Every day I hope I don't get smashed into by somebody who's distracted.