Friday, June 15, 2012

Teenagers Swap One Bad Driving Habit for Another

The good news is more teenagers wear seatbelts than ever before. The bad news is teens have swapped not wearing a seatbelt for texting while driving, a risky behavior that kills nearly 1,000 people and injures 24,000 more Americans every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Many states, including Texas, require drivers and passengers to wear seatbelts, and the laws have been so effective that the CDC reports only 8 percent of teens say they rarely or never wear a seatbelt, a dramatic decline from 26 percent in 1991. (Texas introduced the Click it or Ticket campaign in 2002.) But the temptation of the cell phone is too much for teen drivers – even with numerous city ordinances forbidding texting while driving, one in three teens admits to texting behind the wheel.

Car crashes remain the leading cause of death for U.S. teens.

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