As reported by HealthDay, almost half of high school students in the U.S. still text while driving. Health statistician at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emily O’Malley Olsen, author of the study, said that looking away from the road ahead for only a second or two can get texting drivers into trouble, so the number of high school students texting is a major concern. Some of the blame falls on pediatricians and parents who fail to advise teens of the risks of texting while driving.
On May 13, 2013, the research was published online, and it will be published in print in the June issue of the journal Pediatrics. The research was conducted using responses from more than 8,500 U.S. high school students who were age 16 or older. The study found that one in four students texted daily and overall 44.5 percent admitted to texting behind the wheel.
Age was a determining factor. The older the student the more likely he or she was to text. Males exhibited the risky behavior more often than female students. Miami Children’s Hospital adolescent medicine specialist, Dr. Metee Comkornruecha said that although texting while driving may not seem as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol to teens, it is just as dangerous. It can result in severe injury or even loss of life. It is not easy to get the message across to teens who feel themselves to be invincible.
The Omaha auto accident attorneys at the firm of Cullan & Cullan want you to know that you may obtain more information about how to encourage your teens to drive safely at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Our children are our most precious commodities. We must do all we can to keep them safe behind the wheel. If someone you love has been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, call (402) 397-7600 for a free consultation.