45% of teens admit to texting and driving - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

45% of teens admit to texting and driving

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

In a new survey, half of teen drivers admit to texting while behind the wheel.

The study was commissioned by the Center for Disease Control and surveyed teens from around the nation. It found that approximately 45% of teenagers admit to texting while driving.

AAA spokesperson Clay Ingram says that amount of distraction on the roadways should be cause for alarm to everyone, especially parents.

"Alabama has the second highest teen fatality rate of any teen driving state in the country and so many of those deaths are needless and pointless and can be prevented," said Ingram.

Ingram says that AAA offers several courses to educate young drivers about driving dangers. He also says parents need to be proactive when talking with their teens.

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