Distracted-Driving Message Clear, But 90% Of Teens Still Do It


Nearly nine in 10 teenage drivers have engaged in distracted-driving behaviors such as texting or talking on a cellphone although most of them know that their actions increase their risk of crashing, reports USa Today. A new survey by Seventeen magazine and the AAA highlights the difficulty of the nation’s efforts to stop texting while driving, especially among young drivers. “Teens do continue to drive distracted even when they recognize the dangers,” says William Van Tassel, manager of AAA’s driver training programs. “Driving is the first real adult responsibility, but let’s face it, they’re still teens whose brains aren’t fully developed.”

The USA’s crackdown on distracted driving has focused on educating young drivers about its dangers. Almost 6,000 highway deaths each year involve distracted driving. Eleven states have enacted bans on texting while driving this year; 30 states and the District of Columbia now have passed such prohibitions for all drivers. “Everybody has heard the message that distracted driving can raise your crash risk,” Van Tassel says. “They’re getting the message, but their personal experience may influence them in the other direction.”

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