Texting and Driving More Dangerous than Ever

Texting and Driving More Dangerous than Ever

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MOBILE, Ala. -

Texting and driving is becoming a more serious problem.

It's now the leading cause of death for teenagers.

New research shows 45% of teenagers who are 16 and older, admit that they text while they drive, which results in 11 teens dying on a daily basis due to an accident from texting and driving.

According to that same study, kids who text and drive, are five times more likely to drink and drive and are less likely to wear a seat belt.

To put it into perspective-- taking your eyes off the road to send a single text message, is the equivalent to getting into the driver's seat after drinking four beers.

It also makes you 23 times more likely to crash.

So, why is it so hard to wait to send that one reply?

"I think our generation is very impatient.. We don't even like to wait for youtube videos to load," said Georgiana Chanthavane

Teens have different ideas for how to stop texting and driving.

Chanthavane says, "Put it in your glove compartment, turn it off, until you get to your destination."

"It comes down to the individual person being patient and having self control and being able to wait instead of 'oh I gotta text this person back what are they going to think of me?'" said Gabriel Turner.

Even a simple message of reminder on your cell phone's lock screen could help you kick the habit and maybe save a life.

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