Do teens understand dangers of texting and driving?


We’ve all heard the warnings — don’t text and drive. But is that message getting through to teenagers behind the wheel?

A new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that texting while driving among teens is still very prevalent.

Researchers looked at youth risk behavior survey data of about 200,000 teens – 14 years and older – from 35 states — and found on average, 40% of all teens across all states text and drive.

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Between the ages of 15 and 16 — the percentage of kids texting while driving doubled — and it continued to substantially increase for ages 17 and up.

Statistics show that risky driving behaviors are related to texting while driving — teens who reported drinking and driving were almost twice as likely to text while driving compared to those who did not.

So talk to your teens about best practices for driving – and waiting to text until they’re away from the driver’s seat.

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