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Distracted Teen Drivers Often on Cellphone With Parent: Study
Date:8/8/2014

o, not what they say."

While widespread public awareness campaigns surrounding the dangers of texting and driving have successfully lowered the incidence of that form of distracted driving, LaVoie said, the same type of campaigns need to be utilized for cellphone conversations while driving.

Parents and teens should also discuss these dangers, she said, and set strategies for minimizing them. These might include parents asking their teens if they're driving when they call, and if so, either telling them to call them back later or pull over so they can talk.

"The biggest [strategy] is through education with parents," Adkins said. "They have to change the culture so it's no longer acceptable for anyone to use their cellphone and drive. This is a wake-up call for good parenting."

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a teen driving fact sheet.

SOURCES: Noelle LaVoie, Ph.D., cognitive psychologist and president, Parallel Consulting, Petaluma, Calif.; Jonathan Adkins, executive director, Governors Highway Safety Association, Washington, D.C.; Aug. 8, 2014, presentation, American Psychological Association annual meeting, Washington, D.C.


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