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Young drivers know risks, text anyway

May 11, 2012
Most young U.S. drivers agree that it is dangerous to text while driving, but nearly a third admit they do it anyway, a survey by Consumer Reports shows.
 
While 80 percent said they knew of the risks, about 29 percent of drivers aged 16 to 21 said they had used text messaging in the past month. And 47 percent said they had made a phone call while driving, without a headset or other hands-free device.
 
The same survey showed that 48 percent said they had seen one or both of their parents using a cell phone without a hands-free device.
 
Nevertheless, last year there were the fewest traffic fatalities in the United States in more than six decades.
 
The number would have been even lower if not for traffic deaths caused by drivers who were distracted by using a mobile phone or engaged in other types of attention-dividing tasks, said Rebecca Lindland, director of automotive research for IHS Inc. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said about 3,100 people were killed in 2010 in “distracted-affected crashes,” or 9.4 percent of all road deaths.
 
 

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