Study: Distraction Blamed in 58 Percent of Teen Involved Crashes

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WOWO): A new study has found that distractions behind the wheel played a bigger factor in crashes involving teens than initially thought.

A new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says that distractions were a factor in 58 percent of crashes involving teenagers–more than 4 times what the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported. Researches watched more than 68-hundred in-car videos of teen involved crashes from 2007 to 2013 and that most often the trouble was passenger interaction and cellphone use.

Greg Seiter, Public Affairs Director for AAA Hoosier Motor club called the findings scary, and says that cutting down on distractions for teenage drivers should be a high priority. He says distractions are compounded by inexperience for teen driver.

Seiter says Parents should shoulder a good portion of the blame, and its up to them to teach their children the dangers of distracted driving. However, he also notes that to do that parents need to set a good example themselves.

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