August 9, 2014

Calling Kids Who’re Driving

1 #1 Teen Driver Distraction: Parents

Distracted driving causes 11 percent of all fatal crashes among U.S. teenagers, and 21 percent of those distractions involve talking on a cellphone, but the most disturbing statistic is that more than half the cellphone calls received by teens while behind the wheel -- 53 percent -- are from their parents. The study was based on interviews with drivers aged 15 to 18 in 31 states, and found that the teenage talkers have been instructed to always take calls from parents, who are intent on keeping tabs on them, sometimes calling repeatedly until the teen answers. The report, presented yesterday at the American Psychological Association's 2014 convention, also noted that many teens say they are following the example of their parents, who use their cellphones while driving.

More at King5.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Distracted Driving -- with Kids on Board

Tags: Distracted Driving, Teenage Drivers, Cellphone While Driving, Teenage Car Accidents, Distracted Teen Drivers

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