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Study says teens continue to engage in risky behaviors while driving

Posted at 4:53 PM, Aug 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-09 16:33:18-04

As the new school year gets cranked up,  experts are putting out a warning about the dangers of distracted driving. 

A new study by Texas A&M Transportation Institute shows that teenagers are continuing to engage in risky behavior while behind the wheel. 

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The study tracked teen drivers over a ten-year span and collected data from more than 100,000 thousand teenagers in 11 states. 

Those states included Nebraska, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina and more. 

All the drivers in the study took part in a program called Teens in the Drivers Seat, which teaches teens about the five most dangerous behaviors associated with riding or driving a car. 

Those behaviors include distractions, speeding, not wearing a seat belt, driving at night and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

The National Safety Council of Nebraska says that the rate of teen drivers engaging in risky behavior is similar to other states and that the number of offenders has remained steady.