Teens drive distracted

Texting while driving remains major problem

Almost half of Americans ages 12 to 17 state that they have been in a car with someone who texted while behind the wheel. With April being Distracted Driving Awareness month, a recent survey showed that many teens text while driving.

The State Farm survey found that about 43 percent of licensed drivers between the ages of 16 and 17 have never texted while they drove. This surprisingly has not changed since 2010 when the survey was first given.

A positive finding from the survey states that more teens answer rarely, compared to very often when asked how often they text while driving. Still, for some, the dangers of distracted driving have not set in. Many don’t realize how dangerous this combination truly is, but 37 states have banned texting while driving.


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