Over the past several years, federal legislators, state legislators, educators and safety advocates have launched numerous campaigns designed to teach teens about the hazards associated with distracted driving. Despite these substantial efforts, the rate of distracted driving accidents among teens continues to rise and a recent survey confirms that nearly half of teen drivers admit to texting behind the wheel frequently.
It is unclear what more needs to be done to deter teen drivers from engaging in distracted driving behaviors. Recent studies confirm that parental influence is the most critical factor in play at any given time. Nevertheless, even teens belonging to the most conscientious of parents may choose to drive while distracted.