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"This is really a huge problem," says the study's lead author, Dr. Andrew Adesman
In an online survey of teen drivers with smartphones, while young drivers hear their parents warnings, they see those parents texting "all the time."
The not-for-profit Texting Awareness Foundation hopes that statistic from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is enough to convince drivers to put away their phones when they are driving.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood calls talking or texting while driving his "biggest source of irritation." He takes it very seriously and even looks for violators.
A startling statistic on traffic deaths in Virginia has reinvigorated calls for stricter texting-while-driving laws there.