All Teenagers Know the Dangers of Texting While Driving, But Half Still Do It Anyway: Study

97% of teenagers agree that texting while driving is dangerous. Two-thirds agree that it is very dangerous.

And yet... half of them do it anyway.

This alarming statistic is the result of a nationwide survey conducted by telecom behemoth AT&T in the US. The research found that  a shocking 43% of American teens have texted while driving in the past three months.

What's worse is that teens believe reading texts is a less dangerous act than writing texts, even though both actions pull the drivers' eyes from the road. 61% have read a text while driving in the past three months. But don't lambaste teens before considering that every demographic is guilty: 41% of the teenagers surveyed stated that they saw parents texting while driving.

More than 3,000 people were killed in 2010 in "distracted-affected crashes" in America, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That equates to 9.4% of road deaths in the country.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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