OMG Parents Texting and Driving

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2013
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mom-texting-300x200A recent study conducted by AAA finds that adults are more likely to text and drive than teenage drivers.

Is this because adults feel more confident behind the wheel with their years of experience of driving?  Or another possible reason, according to the study is adults have jobs that require them to take a call or answer an email.  Does this make it right? NO.

Distracted driving kills. 

There is no message or call that is worth risking someones life.  If you need to text, pull-over, wait until you are not moving.  Most of all, understand your kids are watching.  You are their role models.

It seems the message is getting out to the teens, however the age gap that seems to be missing the mark is 25-39 years old.

43% of adults ages 25-39 reported doing so fairly often or regularly while driving, compared to only 20% of teens. Motorists age 60 and up were the least likely to report using a phone.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one out of every ten fatal crashes involves distraction, resulting in more than 3,000 deaths per year, although experts agree the numbers are likely underestimated. Previous research shows that hands-free cell phones offer no significant safety benefits over handheld phones – hands-free is not risk-free.

Read the full report here.

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