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No Text Zone: Parents Admit to Distracted Driving

Updated: Tuesday, May 7 2013, 06:55 AM CDT

The vast majority of parents admit to being distracted by some gadget while driving their young child around according to a new survey just released at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in Washington.  Nearly 90% said that in the past month they had engaged in at least one type of technological interaction that distracted them while transporting a child between the ages of 1 and 12 years old.  The number one such distraction: phone calls.  More than 70% said they had been distracted by phone calls, with more than half of those saying their mobile phone was a distraction the majority of trips they took.  The good news in this survey was the low use of texting.  A little more than 10% of parents said texting was an issue for them.


Speaking of distractions, if the kids need your attention then the right thing to do is find a safe place to pull over.  What you should NOT do is try to tend to your kids or your phone while driving.  Researchers say a parent's eyes and hands need to be giving full attention to the most important job at the moment and that is driving.  It may be inconvenient, but it's a question of personal responsibility and of staying focused.


KEYE TV is trying to do its part to make our streets safe from distracted driving.  Visit our No Text Zone page.


By Fred Cantu

No Text Zone: Parents Admit to Distracted Driving


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