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AT&T’s survey found that while 97 percent of teens know texting while driving is dangerous, 43 percent of them admit to sending a text while driving – and 75 percent say the practice is common among their friends. The survey found that teenagers feel pressure to quickly respond to text messages – and adults are also setting a poor example by texting while driving themselves.
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- Peer Pressure:
- Knowledge but Little Action: very
- "Gateway" Dangers:
- Still, 60 percent of teens admit to texting at a red light and 73 percent admit to glancing at their phone at a red light.
- 61 percent of teens say they glance at their phone while driving, and 61 percent have seen their friends read or send an email, or text, while driving.
- Learning by Example:
- 41 percent of teens report seeing their parents read or send an email, or text, while driving.
- Still, 89 percent of teenagers say their own parents are good role models in terms of not texting while driving.
- And, 62 percent of teens feel that getting reminders from their own parents not to text and drive would be effective in getting them or their friends to stop texting and driving.
- Minority Disparities:
- Hispanic teens (52 percent) also are more likely to report seeing their parents text while driving, compared to 38 percent of Caucasian teens and 44 percent of African-American teens who reported seeing their parents text while driving.
- What Helps Lessen the Urge: AT&T DriveMode(TM
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