58 Percent of High School Seniors Text and Drive: Do You?

Living 2012/06/08 09:00:00
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Did you catch the "Glee" episode earlier this year, when Quinn nearly paralyzed herself by texting and driving? As usual, the show was touching on an important issue.

An anonymous national survey conducted last year found that 58 percent of high school seniors said they had texted or emailed while driving during the previous month, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 43 percent of high school juniors admitted to the same dangerous behavior.

"A lot of teens say 'Well, if the car's not moving and I'm at a stoplight or I'm stuck in traffic, that's OK,'" Amanda Lenhart, a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center in Washington who has done focus groups with teens on the topic, told The Associated Press.

Other teens say they know it's not safe, but think it's safer if they hold the phone up so they can see the road and text at the same time, Lenhart told the AP. Pretty scary to think of all those distracted teens behind the wheel ... do you text and drive?
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  • lia 2012/06/09 17:43:15
    No way! I've seen too many accidents and near misses caused by idiots texting. It's not just teens either.

    no texting while driving

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  • jackie Twinkle 2012/06/08 22:01:42
    she/he was being sarcastic.
  • Twinkle jackie 2012/06/08 22:02:24
    No she wasn't she would of said just kidding.
  • jackie Twinkle 2012/06/08 22:05:06
    a lot of times that is not how sarcasm work.
  • Twinkle jackie 2012/06/08 22:06:15
    but we don't if she cant because we don't know what she sounds like when she types it it's how you read it that it sounds how it sounds.
  • brunyon jackie 2012/06/09 19:08:21
    hahaha, I love you
  • JohnT 2012/06/08 21:28:37 (edited)
    No I am part of the OFC (old farts club) and we need all the concentration for getting there and back. Actually I am just joking, I have no problem behind the wheel but don't need electronic toys along with 2800 lbs of car, they don't mix. Besides I don't like being bothered, leave a message on the answering machine.
  • BreeMoore 2012/06/08 21:02:10
    Frequently? Absolutely not. Under most circumstances, I'll use Siri to type it out for me, or I'll wait for a red light or stop sign, or I'll just have a passenger (if I have one, usually my brother) send/reply for me. However, I have been in situations where I have sent a text or two while driving.
  • SW 2012/06/08 20:08:09
    Fu#% you text-and-drivers. F#@$ your mom and your mom's mom.
  • Zeus2713 2012/06/08 17:43:05
    I'm not gonna respond to some stupid txt and destroy my self and everyone I luv, it's stupid
  • Lauren Mulford 2012/06/08 17:38:28
    Lauren Mulford
    I respect the lives of others. I wouldn't want anyone to disregard me so stupidly and put my life at risk for a stupid "lol" and I will never do that to someone else. Texting and driving is stupid, and if you do it, you're stupid.
  • Kibelle 2012/06/08 17:29:50
    Have enough trouble concentrating on the road... Shamelessly admit I'm not a skilled driver here. Text while driving..? Way to get myself killed faster than anything else in the world.
  • Heather 2012/06/08 17:12:55
    It's illegal in our state.
  • cinbadl 2012/06/08 17:02:02
  • kotabear cinbadl 2012/06/08 22:17:24
    I feel the same emotions!!!!!
  • cinbadl kotabear 2012/06/10 03:03:48
  • kotabear cinbadl 2012/06/11 01:58:21
    exactly!! and themselves. I just don't understand how they cannot grasp the concept of how DANGEROUS texting and driving is. But hey, if they really think it's okay, maybe they deserve the consequences... but not at the expense of a stranger's life. Bah no one wins.
  • Bulanov... cinbadl 2012/06/09 12:11:01
    Bulanova (Team Hargitay)
    As of right now, this has 7 thumbs up but a post with 3 thumbs up is claiming the top opinion spot... I don't get that. This is definitely the top opinion (as it should be).
  • cinbadl Bulanov... 2012/06/11 16:48:55

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