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KIMT News 3 — A new study shows driving isn’t the only focus for teens when they are behind the wheel.
Texting while driving has become an epidemic across the country.
Nearly half of 15,000 teenagers surveyed in a national study admitted to texting while driving.
Law Enforcement says there are several reason why this is becoming a big issue across the nation.
“Some of it is because they don’t realize the consequences or cannot fathom them or make the judgment,” Sgt. Jacalyn Sticha of the Minnesota State Patrol said. “And that is just part of us growing through our adolescence and adulthood.>
The study shows young drivers who admitted to the risky behaviors are more likely to engage in others.
That includes not using a seat belt and drinking while driving.