Have distracted driving laws changed your behavior?


According to the 2018 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, since updated distracted driving laws took effect in WA and OR a year ago, nearly two-thirds of respondents are at least a little more cautious about distractions behind the wheel, while almost half say they never talked/texted and drove in the first place.

How about you? Are you more careful when driving now?


Teen girls driving distracted

Before now, were you aware that these updated distracted driving laws went into effect?

Total OR
78 71 Yes
20 26 No
2 3 Don't know

Since the updated distracted driving laws have been enacted, how much more cautious have you become about not driving while distracted?

Total OR
23 24 Much more cautious
27 26 Somewhat more cautious
13 10 A little bit more cautious
33 35 No more cautious than before

Since the updated distracted driving laws have been enacted, which, if any, of these things have you limited or quit altogether?

Texting or using the phone while driving
Total OR
49 51 I never did that before the new law
10 10 I do it the same amount now as before
18 14 I do it less often now
20 22 I don’t do it at all now

Since the updated distracted driving laws have been enacted, which, if any, of these things have you limited or quit altogether?

Adjusting the radio
Total OR
11 11 I never did that before the new law
61 61 I do it the same amount now as before
18 18 I do it less often now
7 7 I don’t do it at all now

Since the updated distracted driving laws have been enacted, which, if any, of these things have you limited or quit altogether? (Based on those who engaged in the behavior before the law was updated.)

Adjusting the radio
Total OR
71 71 I do it the same amount now as before
21 21 I do it less often now
8 8 I don’t do it at all now

Since the distracted driving laws have been enacted, have you purchased a dock for your cell phone that you use in your vehicle?

Total OR
19 17 Yes
80 82 No
1 1 Don't know

About the PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll
PEMCO Insurance commissioned this independent survey, conducted by FBK Research of Seattle, that asked Washington and Oregon residents questions about driving habits and attitudes toward current Northwest issues. The sample size, 600 respondents in Washington and 600 in Oregon, yields an accuracy of +/- 4.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. In other words, if this study were conducted 100 times, in 95 instances the data will not vary by more than the associated error range.

About PEMCO Insurance
PEMCO Insurance, established in 1949, is a Seattle-based provider of auto, home, boat, and umbrella insurance to Northwest residents. PEMCO Insurance is sold to consumers by the method they choose – phone, local community agents, or online. For more information, visit pemco.com.