The Gadsden Times performed a survey that shows that about 85 percent of teenage drivers across Etowah County have texted while driving. Earlier this year, Jacksonville became the first city in Alabama to ban texting while driving.
Students from the eight public high schools in Etowah County — Etowah, Gadsden City, Gaston, Glencoe, Hokes Bluff, Sardis, Southside and West End — participated in a non-scientific survey conducted by The Gadsden Times.
The age of the students varied from school to school, but all except Sardis included only licensed drivers. At Sardis, students in the drivers education classes completed the survey, including some 15-year-olds.