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Younger passengers not likely to speak up about distractions

Posted On Thu, April 26, 2012

The U.S. Department of Transportation released a report which showed that teenage passengers are less likely to tell their driver to not use a phone while driving than any other age group.

The report, which was compiled by the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration division, noted that drivers aged 18 to 20 have the highest use of cell phones while driving. Young drivers are between two and three times as likely to drive distracted. In addition, the group is close to three times more likely to be texting than the group of drivers over the age of 25.

The poll, which asked approximately 6,000 drivers about safety habits, found that nine in 10 felt that reading emails or texts on a cell phone while driving was an unsafe practice. But the differences in which passengers would speak up to the driver in such a situation was large. One-third of passengers from ages 18 to 24 would speak up about the habit, while 50 percent of senior citizens would do the same.

"Distracted driving is an epidemic on our roadways, and these new findings show that our youngest drivers are particularly at risk," said Ray LaHood, secretary of the Department of Transportation. "We're encouraging young people across America to commit to distraction-free driving, spread the word to their family and friends, and speak up if the driver in their car is distracted."

Americans who are worried about their safety on the road due to other drivers may want to make sure that they not only drive safely. In addition, it could benefit these drivers to check to see if there is a better auto insurance policy available. By comparing auto insurance quotes with a driver's current plan, a person could find something better.

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