Survey Says: Teens Continue to Text while Driving

By Jason Davis | April 10, 2012
According to a new survey conducted by State Farm insurance, teens are still texting while driving. This is not a shocking revelation, not to anyone who drives public motorways on even a casual basis. But to the folks working hard to reverse this troubling irresponsibility, the survey's statistics are worrisome. The statistics indicate that teen driving habits and behaviors are hardly changed from a similar poll conducted in 2010. "Unfortunately, it has not in terms of the teens who say they're texting while driving," says Chris Mullen, State Farm's director of technology research. Just 43-percent of drivers aged 16-17 indicate they never text while driving. This, despite the fact that 76 percent of teens believe that "if you regularly text and drive, someday you will be killed while driving," and 93 percent agree that "if you regularly text and drive, someday you will get into an accident." Of course, we all know that teenagers are usually smart enough to make informed decisions. But it's a little disconcerting when even America's social babysitter—the almighty tee-vee—has had little effect combating teens' wandering thumbs and eyes while driving, no doubt because the teens who "watch" TV were distracted by their cell phones and dwindling attention span. The hit TV show, Glee, which supposedly controls the minds of the 14-17 year-old age group, failed to challenge its viewers' habits (or, it apparently made no measurable effect) during the resumption of last season's cliffhanger ending when a distracted teen driver was t-boned; the screen went black, leaving viewers to ponder the fate of the character all summer. The good news, maybe, even slightly, is that State Farm notes that parents have had a small effect on some teen drivers. The survey says that 67-percent of teens who do text while driving talk to their parents about their driving habits. However, 82-percent of teens who never text while driving talk to their parents. A little confusing? Perhaps, but the takeaway is that parents still matter, and they can play a more instrumental role in the safety of their teens—and others on the road—if they talk to their children more often about safe driving. Or, you know, get stricter with the discipline; remember when Dad took away the car keys if you weren't home by 10? Automotive.com's take: This reminds me of the Chevy Suburban that I occasionally see on the 405 on the way home from work. On the back window, in block letters, it reads: "A DRIVER WHO WAS TEXTING KILLED MY DAUGHTER, AND I WILL NEVER SEE HER AGAIN. PLEASE DO NOT TEXT WHILE DRIVING." Beneath the words, the driver pasted a vinyl picture of a beautiful young, blonde girl in her college cap and gown. And then there's this, from earlier today: On April 6, a woman was arrested in Los Angeles for texting while driving with an infant in her lap. In the backseat, Police found two more children, a 2-year-old boy in an unsecured car seat and a 4-year-old girl who was not wearing a seat belt. Thankfully, a concerned citizen called the cops while driving and followed the woman until police pulled her over. This isn't an assault on young people and their social lives, but a plea for common sense while driving. And it's not just teens. It needs to stop. Source: Detroit Free Press
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Whoa, someone was driving while texting, and on top of that, also had a child on their lap?! That's just beyond irresponsible. Far be it that you're endangering yourself by choosing to text and drive, but to have children inside the car, that's just not right.

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