Bad news for road safety: A majority of teens surveyed said they text while driving.
The survey for insurer State Farm, conducted in February by Harris Interactive, found that just 43 percent of drivers ages 16 and 17 said they have never texted while driving. That figure remains unchanged from the 2010 version of the survey, despite campaigns aimed at reducing the dangerous habit.
The telephone survey of 652 teens ages 14-17 also found:
"The conversation should not end when teens get their license," Chris Mullen, director of technology research at State Farm, said in a news release. "Through this survey and other teen driver research, we know that ongoing parental involvement in the learning process is key to keeping teen drivers safe behind the wheel." l
Teens might gain a better grasp of the dangers of driving while not paying attention with Tuesday's season premiere of the Fox TV show "Glee."
In a cliffhanger from last season, the show featured a distracted driving crash.
April is Distracted Driving Month.
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