Have you ever wondered how texting and driving got to be as problematic as it is these days? It seems like you can see distracted drivers every time you go for a drive. You constantly see stories online and on the news about accidents caused by people who were texting when they should have been watching the road.
To help dig into why this happens and how we got to this point, here are three important percentages to keep in mind:
- 97 percent of teenage drivers say that they know texting and driving carries an inherent risk and is a dangerous activity. They’re aware. They just do it anyway.
- 43 percent of teens in one survey said that they would still text and drive. This clearly shows that a lot of teens who understand the danger are also willing to ignore that danger. It’s also worth considering that some teens may text and drive and just not feel willing to admit it to anyone — or themselves.
- 77 percent of the teenage drivers who were asked said that they had been in the car when one of their parents decided to text behind the wheel.
It is this last statistic that is most problematic and telling, in many ways. Teens learn from their parents. They know that texting and driving is dangerous and even deadly, but they see their parents do it, and so they assume that it is acceptable. They follow suit.
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