Mom, Dad, Put Down Your Phone While Driving

by Diane Domina Senior Content Production Editor

About half of parents admit to talking on a cell phone while driving with kids ages 4 to 10, according to a survey conducted by researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

The survey involved 760 adults in 47 states who were at least 18 and a parent or usual caregiver of a child between ages 4 and 10 they had driven at least six times in the previous three months. While driving with a young child in the car:

  • 52.2 percent of parents reported talking on a hands-free phone

  • 47 percent said they talked on a hand-held phone

  • 33.7 percent confessed to reading text messages

  • 26.7 percent sent text messages

  • 13.7 percent used social media

The researchers also found a link between cell phone use while driving with kids in the car and other risky driving behaviors, such as neglecting to wear a seat belt and driving under the influence of alcohol. About one in four vehicle crashes in the United States is caused by distracted driving, which some experts consider to be a public health crisis.

Sourced from: The Journal of Pediatrics

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