ALARMING: 58% of High School Seniors Text and Drive!
Texting and cellphone use behind the wheel is “a national epidemic,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
A recent study shows that older teens are the most vulnerable to texting and driving. According to the study by the US government, 58% of all high school seniors admit to texting and driving. That compares to 18% of all adults that text and drive.
Distracted driving is responsible for 16% of all incidents that cause teenage deaths while driving.
39 of the 50 states now ban texting and driving and 5 have bans directed specifically at teenage drivers. But, despite all of the laws and evidence, it is obvious that we still have a long way to go in educating our students of the dangers.