The number of Michigan drivers texting behind the wheel doubled to one in six, according to a statewide phone survey conducted for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.

Despite a Michigan law prohibiting drivers from reading, typing or sending a text message while driving, 16.3 percent of drivers who were surveyed admitted to texting and emailing while driving — twice the number of the 8.2 percent who admitted to sending texts and emails in a 2012 survey.

The survey was funded by the OHSP with federal traffic safety money. The survey asked about driving habits, traffic laws, drinking and driving, cellphone use and texting while driving.


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