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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
    lia
    +9
    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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  • _-T3x4S_M4D3-_ 2012/06/11 15:13:45
  • wes 2012/06/11 14:59:29
    Sometimes
    wes
    Hate to admit it but yes....and know I shouldn't.
  • David Torres 2012/06/11 14:50:09
    No
    David Torres
    When i go behind the wheel, when its my car or drive my friends car, i take my phone off.
  • Paranormal♥Spirit 2012/06/11 14:48:26
    No
    Paranormal♥Spirit
    +2
    No never have never will. I don't even answer my phone while driving.
  • Tanner Hansom 2012/06/11 14:37:33
    No
    Tanner Hansom
    But my mom does and it drives me crazy.
  • fooley177 2012/06/11 14:32:36
    No
    fooley177
    +1
    I don't text AT ALL. Never did. Never will. Don't know how. Don't wanna' know how. If someone wants me bad enough, let them fill out the comments section of my website or leave me a voice mail if they have my phone number, and then maybe I'll get back to them.
  • Proud 2012/06/11 14:26:10
  • Amelia 2012/06/11 14:10:09
    No
    Amelia
    wooh! go class of 2012!
  • CAPISCE 2012/06/11 14:05:15
  • pjbfny CAPISCE 2012/06/11 15:43:48
    pjbfny
    Not everyone here is a teen girl (or teen, full-stop).
  • Simms 2012/06/11 12:55:42
    No
    Simms
    +2
    But if I could text, "STOP TEXTING, DUMBASS!!!" to the people that are driving in front of me and texting. I probably would.
  • umapathy Krishnamurthy 2012/06/11 08:52:29
    No
    umapathy Krishnamurthy
    It is suicide
  • LuisaCruz 2012/06/11 08:41:25
  • HendryC... LuisaCruz 2012/06/11 08:43:52
  • Pam 2012/06/11 08:03:15
    No
    Pam
    +1
    I can barely answer it let alone text!
  • Meep 2012/06/11 06:11:59
    No
    Meep
    Where I live, it's illegal.
  • Vortex Lord 2012/06/11 04:56:02
    No
    Vortex Lord
    +1
    I don`t even drive! I`m a walker...
  • krelly 2012/06/11 04:03:47
    Sometimes
    krelly
    +3
    Yeah I'd admit and its caught me off balance s bit. So I kinda stopped unless I know there's absolutely no cars or dangerous stuff around
  • Krissy krelly 2012/06/11 15:38:02
    Krissy
    Do you know if an animal is going to run out in front of you? Or a small child?
  • taylord... Krissy 2012/06/11 16:15:56
    taylordoesntdeserve
    If an animal runs out in front of you the safest thing to do is to simply run it over, as opposed to swerving wildly, and if someone is texting they will do this naturally (as they aren't looking).

    I agree that if there is even the chance that a small child will run out in the street, then someone shouldn't be texting. I text in the country, but avoid it within towns/cities because there are so many distractions.
  • TKramar 2012/06/11 03:35:48
    No
    TKramar
    a) I'm not a high school senior
    b) I don't drive
    c) I rarely use a cell phone at all, but I will admit to a preference for texting over talking. I don't care who you are, I don't really want to talk to you.
  • RageFury 2012/06/11 02:36:51
  • shadowmoon 2012/06/11 02:03:11
    No
    shadowmoon
    Me and my buddies have made a pact to not text and drive. Stupid, stupid idea.
  • Death On Two Legs 2012/06/11 01:26:46
    No
    Death On Two Legs
    +1
    Although I can't drive yet, I don't plan on texting while driving since I would be too paranoid about getting in an accident.
  • Lieziel 2012/06/11 00:57:40
  • Gwen 2012/06/10 23:39:23
    No
    Gwen
    The world is getting really, really sad.
  • trublu 2012/06/10 23:32:41 (edited)
    No
    trublu
    It's clearly a dangerous habit. Never got into it, I only use a cell for urgent situations. I even stopped jaywalking :P
  • Platinum Fangs 2012/06/10 22:40:38
    No
    Platinum Fangs
    +1
    I neither text or drive. I have no social life, I walk to places and my phone was made in 2003. Heck people can't even walk and text safety.

  • 22rexy22samo 2012/06/10 22:26:59 (edited)
    No
    22rexy22samo
    but then again why would half of you tell the truth on weather you drive and txt or not. i think it is good that most cars you can talk without having to hold the phone or anything.
  • Heavy 2012/06/10 21:56:00
    No
    Heavy
    50 percent of adults text and drive to. Get off your phone and drive that 4 ton wrecking machine before you kill someone
  • Ryan Heavy 2012/06/11 15:37:48
    Ryan
    4 ton? What the hell do you think people drive?
  • whateverbabynevermind 2012/06/10 21:08:35
    No
    whateverbabynevermind
    If it's really urgent I'll call or pull over. I don't want to die just because I have to tell someone "lol".
  • Sarah Alexander 2012/06/10 20:49:29
    No
    Sarah Alexander
    Only occasionally at red lights if I have to text that I'm coming or something, but then it's still better to call.
  • YourGurll<3 2012/06/10 20:42:44
    No
    YourGurll<3
    +1
    Never, it's just one stupid way to kill yourself xD text while driving
  • wutwut 2012/06/10 19:50:32
    No
    wutwut
    NEVER E VER EVER. only morons with a death wish text while behind the wheel.
  • Alexis Romero 2012/06/10 19:20:15
    No
    Alexis Romero
    i would rather live then text even if i like to text a lot
  • LucyTorres 2012/06/10 18:47:05
  • JJ 2012/06/10 17:53:48
    No
    JJ
    No! Dangerous, dangerous. I would hate to live knowing I may have killed someone because of texting. Getting off the road, pulling over to a gas station [ some where safe ] and doing it, I feel is a lot safer all the way around.
  • ♥•judy•♥ 2012/06/10 17:38:42
    No
    ♥•judy•♥
    NOOO! forma~ IM NOT GONNA DO THAT CRAZY ~beep~ texting and driveing
  • Bibliophilic 2012/06/10 16:32:14
    No
    Bibliophilic
    I pull over if I have to text. I look at my phone at stoplights occasionally, but no I have not sent a text while driving.

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