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Researchers Say Teens Who Text and Drive May Take Other Risks

Teenagers who text while driving are also more likely to engage in other risky activities, such as riding with an intoxicated driver or not wearing a seatbelt, according to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study found that four of every nine high school students had sent or received texts while driving in the past month, according to an MSN News account of the research.

“Considering it’s against the law for teens to be texting while driving in 45 states, it’s a little concerning,” MSN News quoted Emily Olsen, a CDC health statistician, as saying. The researchers’ report was published recently in the journal Pediatrics. The study was based on responses to the CDS’s annual youth risk survey.

The survey included responses from 8,505 public and private high school students ages 16 and older who were asked about potentially dangerous driving behaviors they had engaged in over the past 30 days.

Almost 45 percent of the teens texted while driving at least once during that time period, and 12 percent reported that they texted behind the wheel every day.

The more frequently students reported texting and driving, the more likely they were to also answer “yes” in response to whether they engaged in other risky behaviors, such as drinking and driving and not wearing a seatbelt, according to survey results.

Students who said they had sent a text or email while driving were five times more likely to say that they had driven a car after drinking alcohol at least once in the past month.

Olsen said parents should continue talking to their teens about safe driving even after they have received their licenses.

If you have been hurt as a result of negligent driving by a teenager, or a driver of any age, contact the New York City car accident law firm of David Resnick & Associates, P.C., for an immediate consultation regarding your right to recovery.

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