Are parents to blame for their teenagers' car accidents?

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
Talking or texting while driving is the leading cause of fatal car accidents among teenagers. But now, a new study reveals parents may be part of the problem.

Many teens said their parents get angry when they don't answer the phone - even if they are behind the wheel.

(NBC) - Talking or texting while driving is the leading cause of fatal car accidents among teenagers. But now, a new study reveals parents may be part of the problem.

More than half of 400 teens surveyed said they had talked on cellphones with their mom or dad while driving.

Many teens said their parents get angry when they don't answer the phone - even if they are behind the wheel.

The young drivers also said their own parents use cellphones while driving.

Researchers say parents need to set an example for their adolescents, and come up with a system of communication that does not put them in danger.

Many cellphones have a "drive mode", or offer apps that inform callers that the person they're trying to contact is driving.


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