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Younger drivers say they drive distracted

Tuesday, March 12, 2013by  Jon Osterberg

A recent poll on distracted driving in the Northwest found that drivers under age 35 admit to driving distracted more often than older drivers, and one-quarter of those under 35 don't think it's dangerous to drive distracted.
   Anecdotal evidence suggests that teen drivers lean even farther that way.
   Examples of distractions while driving include eating hand-held food, using a hand-held phone, applying makeup, shaving, flossing, and taking your eyes off the road to reach for items like CDs or spilled food.
   The results were gleaned from the PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, in which FBK Research of Seattle was commissioned to survey 609 Washington drivers and 401 Portland-area drivers in October 2012.
   Drivers under age 35 account for about one-quarter of the U.S. population, yet they were involved in more than 40% of fatal crashes nationwide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
   As for the PEMCO Poll, about one-quarter of its sample also is under 35, but one-third of them said they drive distracted, a proportionately higher percentage than the general population. Read the news release, and take an informal version of the poll to compare your own answers with others.

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