Survey finds teens often ignore dangers of using cell phones when driving

Parents worry for good reason when teens hit the road.  Crashes are the number one killer of teens in the United States.

As a result, it is especially important that teens avoid unnecessary risks on the road.  That includes driving while texting or talking on the phone. 

Tuesday Consumer Reports released the results of a survey on the dangerous habit.  It showed many young drivers know the danger of using a cell phone while driving, but still do it, or see their friends do it.

"Seventy-one percent of the young drivers polled said they've seen their peers texting while driving in the previous month," said Rik Paul of Consumer Reports.  "And 84 percent said they saw people their age talking on a hand held phone."

"When we asked about their own personal behavior, the numbers were lower. Still, one-third said they texted while driving in the previous month, and about half said they talked on a hand held phone."

You can find out more information on the survey here.

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