Distractions for Teen Drivers

By: Max Seigle
By: Max Seigle

Nikki Caple heads to lunch Tuesday with her friends. She wasn't behind the wheel on this trip....but when she is....sending text messages on a cell phone is part of the drive. "We just want to find out where we're at, how we're doing, it's just a common thing we always text people," said Caple. She says sometimes driving and texting can get dangerous. "It gets risky too, you can like swerve but i'll still do it." Caple is not alone with her texting habit....according to a survey released Tuesday from Triple A and Seventeen magazine. It shows that of the more than 1,000 16 and 17-year olds surveyed nationwide....46 percent of them text message while driving. "That definitely caught alot of people's attention. Using a cell phone is an unsafe practice to begin with but texting takes it to another level," said Triple A Spokesman Nick Jarmusz. Triple A is trying to raise awareness about the dangers of these risky driving behaviors. They say around 6,000 teens are killed in car accidents each year because of them. So what can be done to stop teens from text messaging while driving. Some local driving school like this one are doing their part. "I think back ten years ago when no had cell phones, and everybody got by, that's what i teach." Molencupp's classes include a special section on driving distractions. Some students we talked too say they'll follow their teacher's instruction. But it may not be enough if you ask other teenagers, like Caple. "Teenagers are going to just keep doing it, we're teenagers." Molencupp urges parents to get involved and encourage safe driving for the teenage children.

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