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New study finds speaking up about teen texting and driving makes a difference

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Distracted driving is a growing problem and the Department of Transportation is going as far as to call it an epidemic.

Many teens are texting while driving and it's leading to more deadly car accidents.

But a new study done by AT&T and ConnectSafely.org, says that speaking up about the issue really does help.

The study's survey found that 90% of teen drivers would stop driving and texting if a friend in the car asked them to and 94% would stop if a parent asked them.

Teens we spoke with said they agree.  They also said they've seen friends stop because somebody asked them to.

"My mom has definitely told me to never text while I drive so I've listened to her. And friends I know are against it. So if anyone in the car stepped up and said no texting, I think the driver would really listen to that," said Lauren Hiller, a teen driver.

Statistics show that texting drivers are 23 times more likely to have an accident. The study also found that teens are less likely to text if they're friends told them it's wrong or stupid.

These statistics are timely as people hit the roads for holiday travel and drivers need to be more alert. Parents and friends talking to teen drivers could save a life.

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