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STUDY: Teen Girls More Likely to Text and Drive

7:42 AM, Mar 29, 2012   |    comments
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Distracted Driving is clearly a problem for all ages but it's largest impact is on teens and it has a lot to do with their inability to put their phone down.

A new study by the AAA foundation found mobile devices to be the biggest distraction. But it also found teen girls nearly twice as likely as teen boys to use those electronic devices while driving.

Other distractions included adjusting controls, personal grooming, eating and drinking. Each activity is linked to taking eyes off the road, if only for a second or two.

"If they're traveling at 65 miles per hour, for example, they can travel the length of a basketball court in one second," Peter Kissinger, the AA Foundation President and CEO said. "So if you take your eyes off the road just briefly and something happens in front of you, it can be catastrophic."

Kissinger noted another big distraction for teens is passengers. Loud conversations and horseplay were more likely to occur when teens had peers along for a ride.






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