According to a study by the Pew Research Center after surveying 800 teens in 4 US cities over the summer of 2009, 34 percent of teens aged 16 to 17 have texted while driving.
Amanda Lenhart, co-author of the PEW study, said, “Many teens understand the risks of texting behind the wheel, but the desire to stay connected is so strong for teens and their parents that safety sometimes takes a back seat to staying in touch with friends and family.”
The study won’t send state lawmakers into a frenzy because California is already one of six states that have banned text messaging while driving. But it confirms the threat that cell phones pose for younger drivers.
The administration said that 5,870 people died and about 515,000 were injured last year in accidents attributed to distracted driving.