There are teenagers from one side of Maryland to the next who enjoy spending time behind the wheel of their car. Unfortunately, some of these teens are texting while driving, thus increasing the chance of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.
A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that teens are making big changes in their lives, such as using drugs and drinking alcohol less than before. Along with this, the study showed that they are more likely to wear a seat belt.
On the other side of things, the study showed that driving while texting has become a major problem. The data shows that approximately 40 percent of teens who drive have admitted to emailing or texting while behind the wheel.
According to the director of the CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health, forty percent of the 64 percent of students who said they had drove in the 30 days leading up to the survey said they emailed or texted while driving. She noted, “this puts them and other drivers at risk.”
All in all, teenagers are making major strides in some areas, but others, including texting and driving, continues to be a growing problem. This is an issue that plagues teens in all parts of the country, not just one specific area.
Technology has changed the world for the better, but it has also brought many risks to the forefront. Texting and driving, regardless of the age of the person behind the wheel, can lead to an accident, injuries, death and lawsuits.