Report: Teens report texting while driving much less than adults

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DENVER — Teenagers across the U.S. use their cell phones while driving much less than adults, according to a new study by AAA.

A survey asked how often respondents used a cell phone while driving.

The results were broken into age groups. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, adult drivers ages 25 to 39 were the most likely to admit using a cell phone while behind the wheel.

“It’s noteworthy that the young novice drivers are using their phones while driving less than older drivers since, given their inexperience, they are especially susceptible to distracted driving crashes,” said Peter Kissinger, President and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “At the same time, it is discouraging that cell phone usage picks up when drivers gain more experience, as using a phone can lead to dangerous distractions behind the wheel.”

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Two out of three drivers reported using a cell while driving within the past month. Forty-three percent of adults ages 25-39 reported doing so fairly often or regularly while driving, compared to only 20 percent of teens. Motorists age 60 and up were the least likely to report using a phone.

Here are the age breakdowns:

Age

Reporting Sending Text or Email While Driving

Reported Sending Text or Email Fairly Often / Regularly While Driving

16-18
19-24
25-39
40-59
60-74
75+
Total

31 percent
42 percent
45 percent
24 percent
7 percent
1 percent
26 percent

7 percent
11 percent
10 percent
4 percent
2 percent
1 percent
6 percent

Nearly nine-in-ten (88 percent) motorists believe distracted driving is a bigger problem now than it was three years ago. About 89 percent believe that other drivers talking on a cell phone while driving is a serious threat to their personal safety, while nearly all (96 percent) believe that others texting or emailing while behind the wheel is a serious threat.