Study Shows Dangers of Distracted Teens

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Most parents worry about teenagers driving but distraction can be a problem even when they’re not behind the wheel.

The Safe Kids Coalition collected 34,000 observations from 68 schools in 17 states and found that’s the biggest role in accidents. Nearly 40% of teens reported crossing the street while listening to music and the same number are texting while they are walking.

The group is trying to cut down on all pedestrian accidents by asking parents to talk to their teens about being more alert when walking near traffic.

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They also recommend teaching kids to make eye contact with drivers before crossing, to cross at crosswalks or traffic signals, and to make sure they are visible to drivers when it is dark outside.