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Teens Still Text While Driving: One-Third Admit to Breaking the Law


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8/19/2012
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The Centers for Disease Control released a new study that screened over 10,000 US high school students; it shows thirty percent of teens admit to texting while driving.

 

This brings a tremendous hazard to roads around the country, not only for teens, but for other drivers sharing the road with them who may be injured because of a teenager’s carelessness. Even though these teenagers acknowledge that they’re fully aware of the risk they are putting themselves and other innocent people on the road, they still choose to text while behind the wheel. More than half of high school seniors are guilty of texting while driving.

 

How can parents help prevent teenagers from causing car accidents in North Carolina? The CDC recommends spending as much time as possible with your teen while they’re behind the wheel. Coaching them on safe and dangerous driving practices will help them learn good driving skills and prevent accidents when they’re on their own.

 

When teens are first starting to drive, create curfews so that they’re not driving at dangerous times or with distractions. Night time driving has a higher risk of accidents, and statistics show that teens who drive with other teenagers in the car are more likely to crash.

 

One of the more important recommendations for parents of teen drivers is to set the right example. Parents should follow the same laws and not text while driving. Not only will this help create a new generation of safe drivers, but it will stop parents from breaking the law and creating hazardous driving conditions.



Category: Car Accidents


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