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Study: Even after being reminded of dangers, kids still text and drive

Posted On Fri, October 28, 2011

A recent study from auto insurance company Liberty Mutual found that a significant amount of teen drivers understand the risks of texting while driving, but are not stopping their actions.

Nearly 60 percent of young drivers noted that texting was the most distracting thing that could take someone's attention away from the road. This is up from less than half of the group in 2009 and only 38 percent in 2008. Despite that, 52 percent say they still sometimes do it, and 28 percent do so frequently.

"While it's important for parents to know where their children are and what they are doing, they need to take a firm stance against texting while driving and other distracted driving behaviors," said Stephen Wallace, senior advisor for Policy, Research and Education at Students Against Destructive Decisions.

While parents may want to talk to their kids about the dangers of texting while driving, they also may want to make sure that their child has sufficient automobile insurance, as there are others on the road who may not practice such safe driving laws. In this case, comparing auto insurance rates could be a good way of finding the best plan.

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