STUDY: Teenage girls twice as likely to drive distracted

Posted at 9:21 AM, Mar 27, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-27 09:24:29-04

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVR) – A new study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety revealed that teen girls are twice as likely as boys to use cellphones and other electronic devices while driving. According to researchers who analyzed in-car video clips of 50 North Carolina families with teenagers, electronic devices were the most common type of distracted driving behavior for both genders.

[CLICK HERE: Read the entire AAA study]

However, there were a number of other types of distractions as well. These distractions include adjusting controls, personal grooming, and eating and drinking. Another distraction for young drivers is passengers. When teens had peers along for the ride loud conversations and horseplay were more likely to occur.

Today, the National Transportation Safety Board will hold an all day long forum in Washington. The NTSB will discuss how to combat the problem of distracted driving among commuters of all ages.

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