New study shows that 70% of teens admit to using apps while driving
Teens have been warned many times about the dangers of texting and driving, but it is not the only danger popping up on their phones while they're behind the wheel.
Christine Seibles, a 17-year-old Alexandria resident, does not have her driver’s license yet, but she told us that all of her friends who do, use their phone while driving.
"They get on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, they play games, they text, they even get on the phone," said Seibles.
And the big app going around right now is Pokémon Go. It is meant to keep people moving in order to find the in-game creatures. However, instead of walking, some people are driving.
Yet, it is not just Pokémon Go. A new national study by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions shows that 70 percent of teens admit to driving while using apps.
"A lot of the younger generation seems to think it's alright to do that if it's just for a little bit," said Alexandria resident, Tina Smith.
Smith has three teenage children, and she said she constantly reminds them to not use their phones while driving for the safety of themselves and the others on the road.
"They have to realize that it's not just about them on the road,” said Smith. “It's about everyone else. All it takes is a split second for you to look down at your phone, look up, and you’re gone."
Law enforcers also want to remind us that any using of apps or texting while driving is not only dangerous, but also illegal.
"It all falls under distracted driving,” said Lt. Bruce Fairbanks with APD. “Whether it's texting, using the app, Facebooking, using Twitter, you could be subject to a fine of 200 dollars, or you could be involved in an accident that could take your life."
Seibles also said she does not like when her friends use apps while driving and she will follow this advice when she finally gets a license of her own.
"They are responsible for my life,” said Seibles. “And I really do want to live. I say keep your phone on silent and just keep it out of sight."
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