Survey Finds Many Teens Violate Law For Driving, Electronics Use

Nov 23, 2016

A survey of teen drivers shows there's still plenty of work to do to get them to pay more attention on the road.

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State Farm Insurance questioned drivers between 16 and 19 years old and found that 80 percent say they use their smartphones while driving. Missy Dundov, with the company, says there is more technology competing for the driver's focus. 

"Distracted driving is nothing new, but the level of it has changed," she said. "The electronics people have in their car ... Maybe it's not their phone. Even if they have a Bluetooth -- that can be distracting."

Dundov says that, along with sending text messages, teens are using their phones for other purposes, like playing games.

"It really is scary, some of the things kids are doing,” Dundov said. “They're taking pictures and taking video. When we asked them why are they doing that, they said 'Well I saw something interesting I wanted to share.’”

Dundov says that, with all the focus -- including a state law -- to prevent such behavior, she's surprised that it continues to be such a widespread problem.