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Teens and Distracted Driving

Teens and Distracted Driving

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One in four (26%) of American teens of driving age say they have texted while driving, and half (48%) of all teens ages 12 to 17 say they’ve been a passenger while a driver has texted behind the wheel.

These findings form the centerpiece of a new report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project that looks at teens, mobile phones and distracted driving. The report is based on a telephone survey of 800 teens ages 12-17 and a parent or guardian as well as 9 focus groups with middle and high school students.

More Information: http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2009/Teens-and-Distracted-Driving.aspx
One in four (26%) of American teens of driving age say they have texted while driving, and half (48%) of all teens ages 12 to 17 say they’ve been a passenger while a driver has texted behind the wheel.

These findings form the centerpiece of a new report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project that looks at teens, mobile phones and distracted driving. The report is based on a telephone survey of 800 teens ages 12-17 and a parent or guardian as well as 9 focus groups with middle and high school students.

More Information: http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2009/Teens-and-Distracted-Driving.aspx

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Published by: Derek E. Baird on Jan 23, 2010
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Mary Madden
Senior Research Specialist
Amanda Lenhart
Senior Research Specialist
Teens and Distracted Driving
Twenty-six percent of American teens of driving agesay they have texted while driving, and half (48%) of allteens ages 12 to 17 say they
ve been a passengerwhile a driver has texted behind the wheel.
November 2009
View Report Online:http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2009/Teens-and-Distracted-Driving.aspx Pew Internet & American Life Project
 
An initiative of the Pew Research Center
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CONTENTS
Overview and Introduction
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Teens and Distracted Driving: Major Findings
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Resources and Methodology
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Overview and Introduction 
Overview and Introduction
Overview 
 
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75% of all American teens ages 12-17 own a cell phone, and 66% use their phones tosend or receive text messages.
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Older teens are more likely than younger teens to have cell phones and use textmessaging; 82% of teens ages 16-17 have a cell phone and 76% of that cohort are celltexters.
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One in three (34%) texting teens ages 16-17 say they have
texted while driving
. Thattranslates into 26% of all American teens ages 16-17.
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Half (52%) of cell-owning teens ages 16-17 say they have
talked on a cell phone while driving
. That translates into 43% of all American teens ages 16-17.
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48% of all teens ages 12-17 say they have been in a car
 when the driver was texting
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40% say they have been in a car
 when the driver used a cell phone in a way that putthemselves or others in danger
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Introduction
  As early as 2006, and well before texting had become mainstream in the U.S., the Pew Research Center
s Internet & American Life Project reported that more than a quarter of adult cell phone owners felt their cell phone had at some point compromised theirdriving ability. In the survey, 28% admitted they sometimes did not drive as safely asthey should while using their mobile devices.
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