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Survey: 70 Percent Of Young N.J. Drivers Have Seen Friends Texting Behind Wheel

25 Percent Say They've Witnessed A Parent Engaging In Similar Behavior
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Texting and driving (credit: CBS 2)

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NEWARK (CBSNewYork) — Nearly three-quarters of young New Jersey drivers surveyed said they’ve witnessed a friend texting while driving.

Auto insurance company Plymouth Rock Assurance surveyed 1,000 drivers between the ages of 17 and 25 in the state, WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola reported. Of those, 70 percent of those polled said they’ve seen a friend texting while behind the wheel. Seventy percent also said they’ve witnessed a friend driving while using a cellphone without hands-free technology.

A quarter of those surveyed said they’ve seen a parent texting while driving, and 60 percent said they’ve watched a parent use a phone without hands-free technology while behind the wheel.

“A lot of people think texting and all that is just an issue with young drivers, but it turns out things are not that simple,” said Valerie Simon, director of marketing and communications for Plymouth Rock.

Plymouth Rock is encouraging drivers to visit this website and sign a pledge saying they will not text or a non-hands-free phone while driving.

“Say you’re committed to staying focused on the road 100 percent of the time you’re behind the wheel,” Simon said.

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