NSC expo
Subscribe or Register
View Cart  

Earn recertification points from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals by taking a quiz about this issue.

What's Your Opinion?

Safety pros: Do you have to fight the perception among front-line workers that safety is “uncool”?

Take the poll and add your comment.

Vote   Results

Get the news that's
important to you.

Sign up for Safety+Health’s free monthly newsletters on:

  • Construction
  • Health Care Workers
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining, Oil and Gas
  • Transportation
  • Office Safety Tips
  • Worker Health and Wellness
  • Subscribe today

    Nearly half of high school drivers text behind the wheel: study

    May 15, 2013

    Tags
    • / Print
    • Reprints
    • Text Size:
      A A

    Atlanta – Nearly 45 percent of high school students 16 or older reported texting while driving – with texters more likely to engage in other unsafe driving behaviors – according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Researchers analyzed results of CDC’s 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which included questions on participants’ driving safety habits. Among responses from 8,500 high school students, researchers found that, compared to non-texters, those who reported texting while driving in the previous 30 days were more than 5 times more likely to drive after consuming alcohol. Texters also were more likely to inconsistently wear safety belts as a passenger and ride with a driver who had been drinking.

    Researchers recommended creating stricter laws and technological advancements to deter teens from engaging in unsafe driving behaviors. They also emphasized the effectiveness of parental supervision.

    The study was published online May 13 in the journal Pediatrics.

    Post a comment to this article

    Safety+Health welcomes comments that promote respectful dialogue. Please stay on topic. Comments that contain personal attacks, profanity or abusive language – or those aggressively promoting products or services – will be removed. We reserve the right to determine which comments violate our comment policy.