Risky Behaviors Associated with Distracted Teen Drivers

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Motor vehicle accidents are the number one most fatal risk associated with teenagers, and this risk seems to be growing thanks to texting while driving and other behaviors.

A recent study showed that student drivers 16 and over who admitted to texting while driving were more likely to participate in other risky behaviors compared to those students who claimed to not text while driving.

Approximately 45 percent of the students surveyed admitted to sending a text while driving in the last 30 days. The study found that these students were five times more likely to drive after drinking and 40 percent more likely not to wear a seat belt than students who did not text while driving. These students are also more likely to binge drink, use tobacco, use marijuana, use indoor tanning devices, and have unsafe sex.

Cell phone laws across states do not seem to be discouraging students from texting while driving. In those states that do not prohibit cell phone use while driving, 44 percent of teens admitted to texting while driving. In states that do prohibit cell phone use while driving, 39 percent of teens admitted to texting while driving—only a five percent difference.

Other studies have found similar results, as well as a surprising new statistic. In one study, 43 percent of teens admitted to texting while driving, but even more adults admitted to the risky behavior. The nearly half of adults said they text while driving, and could be unknowingly setting an example for younger drivers.

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“Study: Teens who text and drive take even more risks.” USAToday.com. May 13, 2013.