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New Survey Has Encouraging News About Teens And Distracted Driving

Cell Phone Driver (file / credit: clipart.com)

Cell Phone Driver (file / credit: clipart.com)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - Consumer Reports surveyed 20,000 drivers under 21-years old and 29 percent admitted to driving and texting, but they said they’re less likely to do it if someone else is in the car.

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Almost half in the survey said they’ve spoken up to a phone handling driver, which is also encouraging news.

When Yonkers-based Consumer Reports asked the young respondents why they had reduced or stopped distracted driving, 61 percent said it was because they had heard about the dangers of it.

One in five in this survey said they know someone who had been in a crash caused by distracted driving.

Additional findings from the Consumer Reports survey of 16- to 21-year-olds include:
– 84 percent saw other young people talking on a handheld phone while driving
– 71 percent saw a peer texting while behind the wheel
– 48 percent witnessed their mom or dad talking on a handheld phone while driving
– 15 percent witnessed their mom or dad texting while behind the wheel
– 8 percent operated smart phone apps while driving in the last 30 days
– 7 percent used e-mail or social media while behind the wheel in the last 30 days.

What is the most unusual thing you have seen another driver doing behind the wheel? Share the story in the comments section below.