Study: Teens who text and drive take other driving risks

CLEVELAND - Teenagers who text while driving are also more likely to engage in other risky activities, according to a new study.

Researchers at The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found four in every nine high school students had sent or received texts while driving in the past month.

Just under 45 percent had texted while driving at least once during that span and close to 12 percent of teens said they texted behind the wheel every day.

Researchers also found the more frequently students reported texting and driving, the more likely they were to also answer "yes" to other risky behaviors, such as riding with an intoxicated driver or not wearing a seatbelt.

The study is published in the June 2013 issue of Pediatrics.

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