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Survey: Adults text and drive more often than teens

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A new AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety survey finds teens may be getting the message when it comes to the dangers of texting and driving. Their parents, not so much.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A new AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety survey finds teens may be getting the message when it comes to the dangers of texting and driving. Their parents, not so much.

It finds 43 percent of adults ages 25 to 39 admitted to regularly using their cell phone while driving while only 20 percent of teens did.

“Parents probably are giving the message to their teens ‘do not use your cell phone while driving do not text’, so they're giving that kind of enforcement where adults are not taking those messages to heart for themselves,” said Rolayne Fairclough, AAA Utah spokesperson.

If there’s one person who knows the dangers of texting while driving, it’s ABC 4 Utah employee Josh Bitton.

“I looked down at my cell phone for three seconds,” said Bitton. Josh swerved, overcorrected and rolled his truck four times.

“I broke my arm, collar bone, my liver started to swell, I was in the hospital for four days,” said Bitton. “I feel very lucky, I look at pictures from my accident and I think ‘how in the world did I survive this?”

Bitton now shares his story with teens across the Wasatch Front. He hopes efforts like his may be making a difference in teen behavior.

“It's a wonderful feeling knowing that it's making an impact on these kids’ lives and knowing that they're thinking twice about texting and driving,” he said.

But not all are thinking twice. Now it's adults who may need a refresher course in driving safety 101.

“It seems like when people become a little more comfortable with their driving skills they think they can use their cell phones or send text messages, but distracted driving is real problem for everyone,” said Fairclough.

To view the complete AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Survey, click here.

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