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Teen Driving Study

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WASHINGTON - New drivers and added distractions can cause a serious danger on the roads.

A new study reports that traffic accidents are the number one killer of American teens.

The report showed that more and more teens are sending text messages while they are driving.  90 percent of the high school students surveyed reported using text messages while they drive or were distracted by passengers "acting wild".

Thousands of teens die every year in vehicle accidents.

Washington State Lieutenant Jay Cabezuela said, "Throwing in text messages, or talking on a cell phone or playing with an I-Pod really makes it dangerous for them because they don't have the attention to drive like they should."

The study also found that teens are more likely to get behind the wheel when they are tired.

The study also found that teens seem to be getting the message about drinking and driving and Cabezuela agreed and said fewer teens have been arrested for alcohol related offenses in the Tri-Cities.