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Study: Majority of Ontario teens are texting behind the wheel

The 2013 survey found that more than one-third of licensed Ontario students in Grades 10 to 12 reported the dangerous behaviour

An alarming number of Ontario teens report that they have texted while behind the wheel of a vehicle.

A survey for the province was conducted for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

The 2013 survey found that more than one-third of licensed Ontario students in Grades 10 to 12 reported the dangerous behaviour. For Grade 12 students alone, 46 per cent of those who drive say they also texted at least once while operating a vehicle.

Robert Mann, a senior scientist at the Centre for Addiction and mental health in Toronto, is surprised by the findings. He says texting and driving is considerably hazardous and it is also illegal across Canada. ``This was a big surprise to us. `We know that this is a very hazardous behaviour and some of the reports in the literature suggest that texting while you're driving can increase your chances of being involved in a collision by about 20 times or more."

Interestingly, student surveys have also found that the percentage of students who reported drinking and driving has declined dramatically over the past 20 years.

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  1. Karl Burgin posted on 07/09/2014 10:24 AM
    It is ever a wonder, how we survived thus far without having the incessant need to text all the time.
    What the heck is so important, that these kids need to text and driver at the same time. People who have jobs, the practice is still stupid, but there is some understanding as to why people may do it. But you're in school and you have the need to text and drive....ugh.
  2. CEO_MAN posted on 07/09/2014 12:47 PM
    $1000 DOLLAR FINE, 1 YEAR MANDATORY LICENCE SUSPENSION !!!
    TEXT THAT !
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