Teens missing message on road texting risk

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Many teens view texting while driving as less risky than drunken driving despite a sustained campaign against texting behind the wheel and research indicating it’s as dangerous as drinking and driving, a new survey for State Farm insurance company finds.

A much higher percentage of teens ages 14 to 17 strongly agree that drunken driving could cause a fatal crash than texting could, the survey by Harris Interactive found. More teens also believe that drunken driving is likelier than texting to cause a crash and lead to a ticket and arrest.

“We’re doing everything possible to get the message out to teens that driving while talking or texting on a cellphone is not worth the risk,” says Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who convenes a second summit on distracted driving Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

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