WASHINGTON – U.S. – Teenagers riding as passengers in cars are less likely to speak up about a distracted driver using a cell phone, according to a new survey released Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The study found that younger passengers were less likely than older passengers to speak up about dangerous drivers using cell phones, the report said. Roughly a third of young passengers 18 to 24 years old said they would say something to a driver who was talking on a handheld phone compared to roughly half of drivers 65 and over who said they would speak up.
“There is no excuse to drive distracted,” Attorney West Seegmiller said. “Drivers who are distracted are as dangerous as those who are under the influence of alcohol, but sadly too many people believe they are the exception because they are a good driver.”
The NHTSA survey polled more than 6,000 drivers and found that approximately 90% of respondents consider a driver who was sending or reading text messages or e-mails as very unsafe.
“Distracted driving is an epidemic on our roadways, and these new findings show that our youngest drivers are particularly at risk,” said Secretary LaHood. “We’re encouraging young people across America to commit to distraction-free driving, spread the word to their family and friends, and speak up if the driver in their car is distracted.”
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