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Study: Half Of Parents Are Using Phones While Driving

July 12, 2018 - 3:02 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A new study finds a lot of drivers are using their phones while driving – even when they have kids in the car.

As Bloomberg digital editor Joshua Petri explained to WCBS 880’s Michael Wallace, the study conducted by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing found that about half of parents are using their phones while driving.

The study focused not on drivers who talk on the phone – and who could benefit from hands-free technology – but on drivers who used their hands to do something with their phones such as text, tweet, or browse Instagram while behind the wheel.

The study also found that 14.5 percent of respondents did not always use a child restraint system such as a safety seat, Petri said.

“That group of parents was also more likely to engage in other risky behavior while driving, such as texting or even drinking,” he said.

It is too early to determine whether the kids who witness their parents doing such things might go on to emulate them as drivers in the future, but distracted driving has been on the rise and has had catastrophic consequences.

“Traffic fatalities surged by 14.4 percent from 2014 to 2016, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration,” Petri said.