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37 percent of Gen-Yers text while driving

I’m not sure if everyone else’s high school did this, but back when I was 16 they brought a drunk driving simulator to the parking lot. It was a car rigged so they could delay the reaction time between turning the wheel and them actually turning. We had fun trying to beat the system, and flattened a good share of cones in the process. I’m not sure if the students at Hermitage High School in Virginia did something like that when they simulated distracted driving situations. Among the distractions: Text messaging.

Turns out, 37 percent of Gen-Yers said that they send, and presumably read, text messages while driving. This is not good, especially as the National Highway Traffic Safety Admiinstration says that “distracted drivers account for nearly four out of five crashes in the U.S.”

I’m pretty sure we all know that texting and driving isn’t the safest practice. What will it take for people to stop? Search me. I’m a notorious red light texter. Is that bad?

via Switched via textually