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Dangers of Distracted Teens Drivers

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A new study from AAA has gathered limited information about the extent to which teens talk, text and otherwise divert attention from the road.

The  study evaluated newly licensed teenage drivers from 50 North Carolina families. Over six months, audio and video recordings were taken from inside vehicles to see when teens looked away from the road.   Other equipment also recorded driving changes like sudden braking and turning to help show how drivers react when distracted.

The results:   Teens are less likely to text or talk on the phone when a passenger is in the car, but more likely to take other additional driving risks when a peer is riding along.  There was a strong correlation between teenage distractions like texting or loud conversations and accidents.

Despite these widely accepted presumed facts about texting and driving, the Florida legislature again failed to pass a proposed bill to ban texting and driving this year.

The study also indicated that the first six months as a driver are “highly dangerous” because teenagers are still learning to focus on driving.  Also, as teen drivers get more comfortable behind the wheel, distracting behaviors become more prevalent.

Other Findings:

  • Seven percent of the evidence showed teens using electronic devices. This was the most common distracting activity for boys and girls.
  • Other than electronic devices, teens engaged in some form of potentially distracting activity 15 percent of the time.
  • Girls were nearly twice as likely to use an electronic device as boys and 50 percent more likely to reach for an object.
  • Boys were twice as likely as girls to turn around in their seats.

Distracted driving is a significant issue everywhere but probably even more so for Gainesville and its large young community of drivers due to the University of Florida.

It’s worth noting that young drivers, of course, aren’t the only ones succumbing to distraction.

Earlier this year, AAA released its annual Traffic Safety Culture Index. Among the findings: 32 percent of drivers surveyed admitted driving while drowsy in the previous month, 35 percent said they had read a text or email while driving in the previous 30 days, and 26 percent had sent a text message while driving.

If you or a loved one have been injured due to a distracted driver, contact the experienced and aggressive personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A., and let them put their experience to work for you.

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