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Study: Half of parents of young kids use phones while driving

Which do you love more: your children or your phone? The answer is obvious to most Raleigh parents, of course, but the results of new research puts the obvious answer in doubt. According to a study recently published in the Journal of Pediatrics, about half of parents of young children talked on their phone while driving with their kids in the vehicle.

As everyone should know, distracted driving is increasingly the cause of devastating motor vehicle wrecks that cause injuries and fatalities.

The researchers also found that one in three parents of children between the ages of 4 and 10 read text messages while driving with children in the car and that one in seven use social media while behind the wheel.

The study also found that parents who use their phones while driving are also more likely to engage in other risky driving behaviors, including not using seat belts, and perhaps worst of all, driving while under the influence of alcohol whether or not kids are in the vehicle.

“The results from this research reinforce that risky driving behaviors rarely occur in isolation, and lay the groundwork for interventions and education specifically aimed at parents who drive with young children in their cars,” said lead study author Catherine McDonald, an assistant professor of nursing and a senior fellow with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention.

If you or a family member has been harmed by a distracted or impaired driver, you can get full compensation for all damages. Talk to an attorney experienced in personal injury litigation about your legal options.

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