December 14, 2009

Teens Driving Under the Influence of Texts

26%

A quarter of all teens ages 16 to 17 have texted while driving.

Surely much to their parents’ dismay, a quarter (26%) of 16- and 17-year-olds have sent text messages from their cell phones while driving. Among older teens who regularly text, fully a third (34%) admit to texting as they drive. Far more teens have been in the car as passengers when the driver sent texts. Half of all teens (ages 12 to 17) have been in a car while the driver texted, including fully 64% of older teens (ages 16 and 17). Talking on the phone in the car is even more common among young drivers. More than half of older teens (52%) who use cell phones talk on their phone while driving. And most frightening for parents, 40% of all teens — and close to half of older teens — have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put themselves or others in danger. Read More