Dangers of Texting While Driving – Problem with Teens and Other Drivers – State by State Laws

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A survey conducted by Seventeen magazine and auto club AAA revealed that although the majority of teens still engage in distracted driving such as texting and talking on cell phones although they are aware of the dangers. Specifically, the survey, which interviewed 1,999 teenagers between the ages of 16-19, found that 84% that distracted driving behaviors increased their crash risk, yet 86% engage in those behaviors.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission, almost 6,000 highway deaths each year involve distracted driving. State legislatures are starting to crackdown on distracted driving by educating teens of the inherent dangers. In fact, 11 states have completely banned texting while driving in 2010 alone – now, a total of 30 states have complete bans. If you would like to read more on this story and see an interactive map of the laws in the specific states see Distracted driving is a major problem among teens.
Florida is actually one of that states that has no ban on texting while driving. Therefore, it is the responsibility of parents and guardians to make their teens aware of the dangers of distracted driving.

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