A surplus of anti-distracted driving campaigns and awareness efforts have shed light on the dangers of losing focus when behind the wheel. It appears that these attempts have started to pay off, as more teens are recognizing the problems associated with distracted driving and view these practices as unacceptable. According to a new survey commissioned by Bridgestone Americas, young drivers admit to driving with distractions less frequently and look at the habits as negative.
An overwhelming 95 percent of teens read texts and emails on their phones when they drive alone, but that number drops to 32 percent when friends are in the car and to just 7 percent when parents are present. Although these figures may seem high, a growing number of these drivers are beginning to recognize that these behaviors are unacceptable and they are taking strides to stop. About three-fourths of young people believe sending or reading texts and emails when behind the wheel is wrong, and less than half regularly do so. That figure looks to be dropping.
"Over the last four years, we have worked hard at DOT to both raise awareness of distracted driving and encourage everyone to speak out about it," said Ray LaHood, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. "Now, it's part of a national conversation on safety that's happening between teens and parents in communities across America. While we've made consistent progress in a short period of time, we still have work to do to help our youngest drivers get the message that cell phone use and driving never mix."
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