Teenagers are like the rest of us in this way: they know they have bad habits but stick with them anyway.
A survey commissioned by Bloomington-based State Farm Insurance shows more than 90 percent of drivers age 16-19 know texting while driving is wrong, but 44 percent do it anyway.
The smartphone adds a dimension most adults hadn't dreamt of when they were distracted by friends, food, and the radio in those days gone by, says company spokeswoman Missy Dundov.
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“Not only are you able to text on your phone, you can check social media on your phone. You've got songs on your phone,” she says. “We have seen an increase of accidents and fatalities from distracted driving.”
Dundov, who says simply setting the example is the least adults can do, is also promoting a contest called “Celebrate My Drive,” in which the high school which gets the most commitments to safe driving can win a concert from Echosmith.