The researchers conducted focus groups examining distracted driving with 30 teenagers (16- to 18-year-olds) and analysed what they learned. The ultimate goal of the study was to develop an intervention to keep teens safe on the roadways.
The researchers first had to understand the teenagers' perspective. Cell-phone use and fellow passengers emerged as the two central issues. Though the former can be an issue for anyone behind the wheel, the latter was particularly poignant to this group, all of whom had been driving for a year or less.
Across the board, the teens said they understood the dangers of texting while driving, but they still engaged in the behaviours. Some teens said they did not do it - until the researchers dug a little deeper and found out what that really meant. The study was published in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention.

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