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Posted in response to Consumer Reports article: OMG: New video warns teens of distracted driving dangers

Did you know that you’re 23 times more likely to crash if you text while driving (VTTI)? Or that teen drivers are more likely than other age groups to be involved in a fatal crash when distractions are involved? In fact, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers.

In a world where texting is one of the main means of communication for teenagers, the odds are stacked against them. Starting Thursday, a new PSA by The Department of Transportation will be shown in movie theaters and at the gas pumps throughout the month of December in an effort to crack down on teens’ distracted driving habits. Check it out:

While the video shows texting as a distraction, it is not, by any means, the only thing vying for young drivers’ attention. Eating, changing the radio, and even passengers in the car are considered distractions. Our eCard for National Teen Driver Safety Week addresses some of the other distractions.

Learn more about distracted driving on our Teen Driver Safety page and at distraction.gov.