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Many teens dont realize dangers of texting and driving
By Insure.com staff

When asked what they believe is more dangerous, most teens said that driving after drinking alcohol is more dangerous than texting and driving – contrary to what some studies have found.

A 2008 study by TRL, the United Kingdom's Transport Research Laboratory, showed reaction time for drivers 17 to 24 years old was reduced by 35 percent when typing a text message, compared with 12 percent when driving after consuming alcohol to the legal limit.

A new State Farm Insurance survey conducted by Harris Interactive, discovered that many teens believe texting and driving isn't as dangerous as drinking and driving. Many auto insurance companies are concerned about driver distractions like texting and driving.

Roughly 36 percent of teens (ages 14 to 17) strongly agreed that if they regularly text and drive they could be killed one day, while 55 percent strongly agreed that drinking while driving could be fatal, the survey showed.

Of those same teens, 63 percent strongly agreed they could get into an accident if they text and drive, compared to 78 percent who strongly agreed they could get into an accident if they drink and drive.

The awareness gap is more pronounced among teens who admit to texting while driving. Among teens that have never texted while driving, 73 percent strongly agreed they will get into an accident if they text and drive. Only 52 percent of teens who admit to texting and driving strongly agreed they will get into an accident as a result of the practice.

State Farm is those among car insurance companies raising awareness about the dangers of texting while driving.

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