A third of young drivers text and drive

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A new poll shows young drivers are more likely to use cell phones while driving, and that 30 percent of them have recently texted from behind the wheel, U.S. transportation officials said.

The release of the poll came as Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called distracted driving “a deadly epidemic.”

The poll comes from the magazine Consumer Reports, which is working with the U.S. Department of Transportation on creating awareness about the dangers of cell phone use while driving.

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