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Published on Sep 21, 2010 by Edgar Snyder

Teens Underestimate the Dangers of Texting While Driving

Teens and texting while driving

Many teens think that texting and driving is less dangerous than drunk driving despite studies showing that it carries the same amount of risk, according to a new survey for State Farm Insurance.

The survey found that more teenagers ages 14 to 17 think drunk driving could cause a fatal accident than believe texting could. They also thought that drunk driving is more likely to cause a crash and lead to a ticket and an arrest. Scientific research stands in contrast to these beliefs – a University of Utah study found that distractions caused by cell phones are as serious as those caused by driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08%.

The State Farm findings come after more than two years of a campaign against distracted driving, with an emphasis placed on texting. The Department of Transportation convened a distracted driving summit last year, and another is planned for this week. So far, 30 states have implemented texting while driving bans, including 10 this year.

Source: "Teens missing message on road texting risk." USA Today. September 20, 2010.
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