It’s been stated that almost 24% of car crashes are related to cellphone usage, which is why North Carolina adopted a cellphone ban for teen drivers in 2006. However, a recently published study found that a significant number of teen drivers ignore the law and continue to engage in hazardous cellphone-related practices, including texting while behind the wheel.
The data gathered in the study, which was performed by the Highway Safety Research Center at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, was based on the observation of 5,000 teen drivers in the state leaving high school parking lots. The number of texting teen drivers in North Carolina has increased about 40% in the time between the ban in 2006 and the researchers’ observations two years later.
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Many teens ignoring N.C. cellphone ban, study shows