Distracted driving causes about one in four traffic-related deaths and injuries. A statistic like that should make people, particularly parents, want to put that cellphone away while driving. But do they?
You might be surprised by results of a recent study. A startling number of parents still somehow can’t resist the dangerous urge to fiddle with their phones while behind the wheel.
A team of researchers from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) found that about half of parents and caregivers are guilty of talking on cellphones when transporting children. About one-third admit to reading text messages, while one in seven succumbs to the lure of social media while kids ride in the backseat.