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Getting There: Teen drivers surveyed; VDOT addresses school zone speed limit issue
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By Scott Shenk
ARECENT survey of teen drivers showed they're not much different from many experienced adult drivers and that today's teenagers still suffer through the same age-old hurdles.
The survey's key findings show that peer pressure and poor adult examples contribute
According to the survey, commissioned by AT&T, 77 percent of the teens who took part said adults tell them not to text and drive, but the adults themselves do it "all the time."
What the teens said specifically about their parents is a bit difficult to figure out (a real shocker, yes) because the figures don't quite jibe. Forty-one percent of them said they've seen their parents send or read texts or emails while driving, but 89 percent said their parents are good role models when it comes to texting and driving.
Maybe some of those teens think it's a good idea to text and drive.
That weird thinking is in line with this survey and others where respondents say texting and driving is a bad idea but admit that they do it anyway.
As with peer pressure, the expectations teens have are absurd (another shocker, yes).
Just about all teens, 89 percent, expect a response to an email or text within five minutes.
That is ludicrous, but something worth paying attention to because more and more teens are using smartphones and texting as their primary form of communication, according to a study by the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project.
And if they expect immediate answers, it means teen drivers won't wait
And they text a lot.
On average, the study found, teens send 60 texts a day. That figure jumps
There are some ways
One option is an app that prevents texting while driving, something AT&T offers.
This is something 89 percent of the teens in the survey said would be effective. There was no question asking whether they would actually want to use that app.