Parents admit to using cell phones while driving their kids
Parents are as likely to use their cell phones while driving their children as is the rest of the population, according to a new study by the University of Michigan. The report is based on a survey of parents who arrived with their children at two emergency rooms.
About two-thirds of respondents said they have talked on cell phones and about 15% said they have texted while driving their child. Drivers admitted to other distractions, such as feeding their child, more frequently than talking on the phone.
Efforts to improve child passenger safety have often focused on increased and proper use of restraining seats, said Dr. Michelle Macy, lead author of the study. But this study shows that reducing distractions and discouraging unsafe behaviors could prevent crashes.Download Bulletin PDF