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Texting & Talking on a Cell Phone is the #1 Cause of Distracted Driving for Teenagers
Cell PhoneTeenagers The roads in the United States are home to many drivers using their cell phones. Use of cell phones is linked to higher rates of serious and fatal auto accidents, and teens are more likely than other age groups to use cell phones while driving. These accidents are avoidable, but there are many drivers who ignore distracted driving laws and place other drivers at risk. While texting is generally considered more distracting, talking on a cell phone is also a distraction. Texting When Driving -- the Dangers Mobile devices are more popular than ever today, and they can lead to dangerous consequences. Mobile communications have been linked to a large increase in incidences of dangerous distracted driving, which may result in injury or death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2013 reported that distraction of drivers was the primary cause for over 15% of all crashes with fatalities. Over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driver accidents, and over 400,000 were injured. Talking or texting has been determined to be the top cause of distracted driving among teenagers. The Statistics Tell the Story 40% of teens in the United States report that they have been passengers in vehicles when the drivers used their cell phones to the detriment of safe driving, according to a recent Pew Survey. Southern California Transportation Institute reports that texting creates a risk for automobile accidents that is nearly 35% higher than when driving undistracted. Over 10% of drivers between the ages of 18 and 20 in car accidents who survived admitted that they were texting when the crashes occurred. Distracted driving is dangerous to property and life, and the current losses and injuries are not acceptable. Although many states have banned all but hands-free cell phone use, no federal laws prohibit it. What Can Be Done? If you are a parent or guardian, give your teenage drivers concise instructions that wireless devi ces should not be used at all when driving. Reiterate the fact that even a few seconds driving without watching the road could potentially be fatal. Parents should also not talk or text while driving. This will set a positive example for teenage drivers. Content provided by Transformer Marketing. Source:  http://www.distraction.gov/content/get-the-facts/facts-and-statistics.html, http://www.fcc.gov/guides/texting-while-driving,http://www.cdc.gov/Motorvehiclesafety/Distracted_Driving/index.html
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