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Teen Girls Text Behind The Wheel Twice as Much as Boys (Surprised?)

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Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 1:42 PM

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Oh boy.

Let's just start off by saying this is the first time in the history of human civilization that a stereotype ended up being 100 percent true.

It turns out that teen girls are twice as likely as their male counterparts to text while driving.

Huge surprise, we know. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety ...

... today unleashed what it says is the first ever video-enabled study of distracted driving.

The foundation set up dash cams in cars and observed as teens did their thing. It looked at 7,858 hours of video taken over the period of six months.

The leading distraction for all teens, of course, was smartphones, cellphones and other "electronic devices," according to the study.

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Teens were distracted a whopping 15 percent of the time they were behind the wheel and in motion, according to the foundation.

Girls were 10 percent more likely to be distracted via reaching for controls, eating or drinking.

The dudes were more like to turn around in their seats and have conversations with people outside their cars, the AAA says.

And teens with friends in their rides were trouble:

... Loud conversation and horseplay were more than twice as likely to occur when multiple teen peers - instead of just one - were present ...

All this, the foundation says, leads up to more accidents.

AAA Foundation CEO Peter Kissinger:

This new study provides the best view we've had about how and when teens engage in distracted driving behaviors believed to contribute to making car crashes the leading cause of death for teenagers.

There's really only one way to prevent this, parents. Lock them in the basement. Or ... move to south Orange County, where the roads are much wider.

[@dennisjromero / djromero@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]

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