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State Farm survey shows teens still text and drive

Wed, 11 Apr 2012 11:59:19 CDT
By: Jim Browne

State Farm survey shows teens still text and drive A new survey by Bloomington's State Farm Insurance shows a troubling trend among teen drivers, 57 percent of whom admit to sending and receiving text messages while behind the wheel.   Chris Mullen is Director of Technology research for State Farm. She says it's hard to reconcile the actions of those drivers with their knowledge:

   

Mullen says teens apparently believe they are capable of performing both tasks proficiently, despite evidence to the contrary. She says parents play a key role in molding their children's driving habits, not only through words, but as role models. She says recent research shows many moms and dads engage in texting while they drive. Mullen says State Farm has launched a website, teendriving.statefarm.com, to help parents communicate with their children about the dangers of distracted driving.

   

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