(CBS NewYork) Texting while driving has now surpassed drinking and driving as the leading cause of death among teens, according to a new study. More than 3,000 teens die annually from texting while driving, compared to about 2,700 for driving under the influence of alcohol, according to a study by Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park.
- Half of high school kids who drive said they text behind the wheel, CBS 2′s Carolyn Gusoff reported.
- “The reality is kids aren’t drinking seven days per week — they are carrying their phones and texting seven days per week, so you intuitively know this a more common occurrence,” Dr. Andrew Adesman
- Statistics show that if you are communicating by text while driving a vehicle, you are 23 times more likely to crash.
- Manhattan schoolteacher Julius Khan said he tells his students to “think about your mother and father crying over your grave or someone’s else grave that you’re responsible for killing.”
One possible solution is more widespread use of phone apps that restrict texts and calls from coming in when it detects the phone is in a moving car.
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