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Teens' distracted driving often caused by parents

www.usatoday.com Published: August 8, 2014
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WASHINGTON —Talking or texting on a cell phone while on the road is called distracted driving, but now a new study about teenagers behind the wheel shows it's their parents driving them to distraction, reports USA Today.


Parents are calling their kids while the kids are driving: More than half of 408 participating teens reported being on the phone with mom or dad, according to new research presented Friday at the American Psychological Association's annual convention.


"Teens told us parents really expected to keep track of them, and they are expected to answer the phone if the parent calls. In some cases, the parent might continue to call until the teen answers," says Noelle LaVoie, a psychologist in Petaluma, Calif., whose private research firm conducts corporate and government studies.



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