All Teenagers Know the Dangers of Texting While Driving, But Half Still Do It Anyway: Study

97% of teenagers agree that texting while driving is dangerous. Two-thirds agree that it is very dangerous.

And yet… half of them do it anyway.

This alarming statistic is the result of a nationwide survey conducted by telecom behemoth AT&T in the US. The research found that  a shocking 43% of American teens have texted while driving in the past three months.

What’s worse is that teens believe reading texts is a less dangerous act than writing texts, even though both actions pull the drivers’ eyes from the road. 61% have read a text while driving in the past three months. But don’t lambaste teens before considering that every demographic is guilty: 41% of the teenagers surveyed stated that they saw parents texting while driving.

More than 3,000 people were killed in 2010 in “distracted-affected crashes” in America, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That equates to 9.4% of road deaths in the country.

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