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Many Parents Texting, Phoning While Driving Their Kids: Survey
Date:5/6/2013

eded to restrict things like phone-calling while driving, to make clear that driving while distracted is not OK."

For his part, Bill Hall, manager of the occupant protection program at the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, expressed little surprise at the degree of the problem unveiled by the survey.

"Quite frankly, all drivers of all ages tend to be distracted by a wide range of issues," Hall said. "The message that we always try to get across when we are talking to parents and dealing with children is that when you are driving, your primary job needs to be driving. If there is some need -- a child needs to be fed or you need to adjust a child's restraints -- then the prudent thing to do is find a safe place to pull over. What you should not do is try to tend to these things while driving."

Because this research was presented at a medical meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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For more on distracted driving, visit the U.S. Department of Transportation.

SOURCES: Michelle Macy, M.D., M.S., F.A.A.P, clinical lecturer, departments of emergency medicine and pediatrics, University of Michigan, and C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Bill Hall, manager, cccupant protection program, University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, Chapel Hill; May 5-6 presentations, Pediatric Academic Societies meeting, Washington, D.C.


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