Parents admit to texting and driving, study says

Most parents in Florida want to do whatever it takes to keep their children safe while driving. They use car seats and seat belts to keep their children safe in the event of a car accident. However, sometimes parents’ own driving habits put not only their children at risk, but also everyone else on the road.

A study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia revealed concerning statistics regarding texting and driving. The study was conducted in 2017 and analyzed 760 parents with children between the ages of four and 10.

According to the study, 50 percent of participants used a cellphone while driving, even if they had their child in the vehicle at the time. Approximately one-third of participants admitted to reading a text message while driving with their child in the vehicle, 25 percent admitted to sending a text message while driving with their child in the vehicle and one in seven participants admitted to using social media while driving with their child in the vehicle.

Texting and driving is only one way a driver can be distracted while behind the wheel. Taking a phone call, eating, using navigational systems or even simply chatting with other drivers can all be actions that lead to distracted driving. Distracted drivers run the risk of causing a car crash because they are not paying attention to the road or those around them. This runs afoul of all drivers’ duty of care to drive reasonably under the circumstances. In the end, if you are driving, put the cellphone down. It is not worth putting your life or the lives of others at risk.

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