A new online survey measures just how much actual living goes on in cars -- whether it is eating, applying makeup, flirting or having sex.
As a result, according to the Harris Interactive survey conducted for a company called Scout GPS, drivers are still distracted despite all the attention paid to the risks.
The survey finds that 11 percent of the the 1,832 U.S. adults participating in the survey admit to "having participated in a sexual activity while driving." Predictably, men were three times more likely to admit -- boast? -- that had, at 17%, compared to women, 5 percent. By a percentage point, those age 35 to 44 were the leading age group for acknowledging their sexual exploits in moving cars. Those 18 to 34 were next.
Some 19 percent say they have eaten using a fork, spoon or knife while driving, 10 percent have applied makeup and 9 percent have flirted with another driver. Those who have read a book behind the wheel represent only 4 percent.
While Harris is a respected polling organization and 1,832 is a lot of respondents, the results are not considered scientific. But they are interesting.
By Chris Woodyard