Texting while driving now leading cause of US teen deaths

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Teen girl texting while driving

Texting while driving is now the leading cause of death among teenagers – surpassing drinking and driving, according to a study by Cohen Children’s Medical Center. Disturbing statistics from the report include:

  • More than 3,000 teens die each year in crashes caused by texting while driving
  • Approximately 2,700 teens are killed in drunk driving accidents
  • More than 50 percent of teens admit to texting while driving

In addition, Virginia Tech studies show drivers are 23 times more likely to be in an accident if they are texting while driving. And while surveys show distracted driving is becoming more socially unacceptable among teens, these young drivers continue to text while driving, especially when they are alone. Bridgestone Americas Inc. found that of 2,000 young drivers, 71 percent said reading and receiving texts and emails is unacceptable while driving – yet 45 percent admit to doing it. Of those:

  • 95 percent read texts and emails when alone – 32 percent do so when with friends or parents
  • More than 90 percent admitted to posting on social media sites while behind the wheel – but only 29 percent when with others
  • 75 percent admit to watching a video when alone – compared to 45 percent when with others

A new US study, however, has concluded that new collision avoidance technologies could help solve the problem of distracted driving. Find out how here.


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