Teen Drinking Down, Texting While Driving Up

When it comes to certain risky behaviors, it seems that U.S. teens are doing better. According to a U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Risk Behavior Survey, American teens are smoking less, drinking less, and fighting less.

Unfortunately, the study also found that teens are texting while driving more. The latest CDC report surveyed 13,000 high school students and found that more than 41 percent emailed or texted while driving in the month before the survey was taken. Overall, the survey found that teens were spending more than three hours per day on smartphones, computers, and video games.

The news that teen texting and driving is up is not good news. A study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that texting or dialing a phone while driving is more likely to cause an automobile accident for teens between 15 and 20 than for adult drivers.

Earlier research has shown that using a cell phone while driving increases the risk of an accident by a factor of four. Another CDC study showed that teens who text while driving are more likely to engage in other risky behaviors such as drinking and not wearing a seat belt.

In Florida, 36 percent of teens said they texted while driving, which is lower than the national average

The automobile accident attorneys at Farah & Farah in Gainesville urge all parents to talk to their children about the dangers of texting and driving. This activity not only puts your teen at risk of injury and death while on the road, but it also puts their passengers and other motorists in added danger of being injured or even killed as a result of this risky behavior.