It appears that cell phone bans while driving does not seem to be having enough impact on our teens. A recent study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project revealed the following data:
- 33% of teenagers between the ages of 16 and 17 report that they have used their cell phone to text message while driving.
- 52% of teenagers between the ages of 16 and 17 report they have talked on a cell phone while driving.
- 48% of teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17 say they have ridden in a motor vehicle while the driver was text messaging.
- 40% of the teenagers surveyed said that they have ridden in a car while the driver was using a cell phone in a way that put themselves and others in danger.
Washington state bans text messaging while driving and also bans the use of handheld cell phones.
There is no doubt that texting while driving is very dangerous behavior. Driver distraction is a huge factor in many car accidents./a> In fact a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study reports that in 2008, 5,870 people were killed in automobile accidents where one form of driver distraction was a factor.
Read Pew’s report. Pew is a “nonpartisan nonprofit research center that provides information on issues, attitudes and trends that shape America and the world.”
Talk to your teen about cell phone usage and driving. Then, model good behavior.
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Data on teens and text messaging from Pew:
Pew Internet: Teens and Distracted Driving http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2009/Teens-and-Distracted-Driving.aspx?r=1, accessed November 18, 2009