Study shows more teens are texting and driving

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POSTED: Monday, May 6, 2013 - 2:19pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 7:23am

Texting while driving isn't just an epidemic among teens, it's a deadly epidemic.  A new disturbing study from the The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows 43% of teens who were surveyed in 2011 admitted to texting atleast once the past month.

Sgt. Rolando Garcia of the San Juan Police Department says, "Texting and driving is something that is very, very dangerous, the time that a person reacts when somebody is braking is going to affect safe driving and then you add that with the time that you are texting and then all of a sudden you look up and it can create a dangerous situation"

In the study boys were slightly more likely than girls to text while driving and the practice seemed to grow in prevalence as teens got older.

Garcia of San Juan Police Department says, "It's becoming more and more dangerous, we are seeing more and more people, we see people driving down the road they have one hand on the wheel and the other on their phone and the other looking down on their phone and texting with one finger, it's dangerous."

And now that summer break is just around corner, it's bigger concern, especially for teens.  But, although teens may be getting a bad rap for their driving habits, a new study suggests the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

90% of parents admitted to using some sort of technology like a cell phone, while their kids were in the car, this included distractions like using a GPS and even applying make up.

As a precaution, police say that before you step inside your vehicle to drive, it's a good idea to turn off your cell phone and place it inside your glove compartment, so you are not tempted to use your phone, this will hopefully decrease distractions while on the road.
 

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