Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Fifty-two percent of surveyed Texas teens say they've driven a car after drinking alcohol or have been a passenger with a teen driver who had been drinking, according to a new Allstate Insurance Company study of Texas teen driving habits.

Allstate agents asked teens in and around eleven Texas cities about their highway habits and found:

* 88% say they text message or talk on their cell phones while driving.
* 48% say they were stopped by police during their first year of driving.
* 33% got in an accident during their first year of driving.
* 30% say they have driven so fast they've lost control of their car or have been a passenger in a car with a teen driver who lost control.

"These numbers are disturbing and show there is a critical need for parents and teens to talk about safe driving," said David Christopher, an agent in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. "Car crashes are the number one killer of teens and summer is the deadliest time of the year for teen drivers. The time to act is now."

The time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as the "100 Deadliest Days" for teen drivers.

According to Allstate, on average, 15 teens die in traffic accidents every day during the summer.

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