Study shows one in three teenagers say they text and drive

06/09/2012 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNews // Justice News Flash // (press release)

U.S. – A new report shows one in three teenagers admit they have texted while driving. As reported by HealthDay News, research released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates there may be a rising threat with the number of teen drivers who text and drive.

Howell Wechsler, director of the CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health, is quoted in the report as stating of the findings during a press conference, “Texting or emailing while driving can have deadly consequences that are entirely preventable… So while we are pleased to see changes in many behaviors related to motor vehicle crashes, we are alarmed by some of the new findings, especially those involving distracted driving.”

As noted in the report, despite the number of teens who admit to texting while driving, the CDC report also shows there have been significant declines in other driving related risky behaviors over the past two decades including driving under the influence and not wearing a seat belt.

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