American Teens Turn a Blind Eye to Texting Laws While Driving

Paul Lilly

Coming as a surprise only to anyone who has never been around a teenager before, Reuters reports that young people often ignore laws against using cell phones or texting while sitting in the driver's seat.

"The handheld cell phone is relative easy for us to spot, we can see when somebody has their phone up to ther ear" California Highy Patrol (CHP) spokeswoman Fran Clader said. "But with the texting, it's a little bit more of a challenge to catch them in the act, because we have to see it and if they are holding it down in their lap it's going to be harder for us to see."

As it stands, 19 states and the District of Columbia have made it illegal for any driver to text while driving, while 9 other states prohibit just young people from texting and driving at the same time.

At least one study found that drivers who text, regardless of their age, are 23 times more likely to be in an accident.

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