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'Webbing' While Driving Increases

ANNAPOLIS - Much ado has been made about texting and driving in recent years.

But with the proliferation of phones that access the Internet, what about "webbing while driving"?

It's a fast-growing problem, with nearly half of drivers younger than 30 reporting they use the Web while driving, according to a survey recently released by State Farm Insurance.

"While the safety community is appropriately working to reduce texting while driving, we must also be concerned about the growing use of multiple mobile Web services while driving," said Chris Mullen, director of technology research at State Farm.

In a survey of 1,000 drivers between the ages of 18 and 29, State Farm found 48 percent of them admitted to accessing the Internet while driving in 2012, compared to 29 percent in 2009.

Among the drivers surveyed, 43 percent, compared to 32 percent in 2009, said they check their email while driving.

Social networks also were among the biggest distractions, with 36 percent of the drivers surveyed saying they read social media networks while driving; it was 21 percent in 2009. Thirty percent, compared to 20 percent in 2009, said they'd updated information on social media while driving.

Of those polled, 72 percent said they strongly agreed with laws prohibiting webbing while driving.

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