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Published on May 21, 2007 by Edgar Snyder

Text Messaging Endangers Teen Drivers

teens text while driving

Attention parents – your teenager’s cell phone may be the most dangerous hazard on the road. A recent insurance survey found that teens say texting is their #1 distraction on the roadways. Another recent study found that over one-third of all young drivers send text messages while driving, with one-fifth of all drivers texting at the wheel of their cars.

From 2003 to 2005, auto accidents in western PA that involved cell phones as a contributing factor shot up 36 percent. But because text messaging is still a recent phenomenon, there are currently no crash statistics regarding texting.

There are no laws in Pennsylvania preventing text messaging while driving; laws only currently exist in New Jersey, Arizona, Connecticut and Washington. Last year the PA state government failed to pass a bill that would have penalized distracted drivers, include those who text behind the wheel.

Source: "Team 4: Driving, Texting Just Don't Mix Well." By Paul Van Osdol. WTAE Channel 4 Action News. May 2, 2007.
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