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Study: Distracted driving among young drivers at all-time high

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Distracted driving is at an all-time high among young drivers, according to a study of 3,000 teenage drivers. It was published in the "Journal of Transportation Safety and Security."

 Researchers found that while most teens understand the risks of texting while driving, they are less aware of the dangers of other distractions like eating, drinking and talking on the phone.  

 Researchers say the rise in urban traffic and text messaging has brought distractions to an historic level. According to the study, apart from having limited experience, young drivers also have a higher risk tolerance, they use seat belts less and speed more.  

 Researchers found that 27% of the respondents changed clothes or shoes while driving, and some even worked on homework.

 The study also found females are more likely to use a cell phone while driving, and males are more likely to look away from the road while talking to others in the car.  

 Experts believe interactive presentations in a classroom or auditorium can have some ability to raise their awareness of this problem.
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