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Study finds teens aware of texting and driving dangers

Although the basic principles of driver's education have remained the same over the last few decades, some things are changing. In the eighties and nineties drivers who were studying to get their licenses were concerned about drinking and driving, interpreting street signage correctly and not getting a speeding ticket. Today, teens are concerned about an activity that was not even available for previous generations: texting.

Recent results of a study found that 69 percent of teens state that the most dangerous thing to do while driving is texting. The study was conducted through an online survey by Driving-Tests.org, a national DMV permit practice site that allows users to take practice driver permitting tests. The survey was completed by almost 1,500 participants with approximately 75 percent of the participants ranging in age from 14 to 24. Questions focused on a variety of driving situations. When teen drivers were asked to list the most dangerous activity to complete while driving, 69 percent stated texting and 9 percent replied drinking and driving.

The results indicate teens are aware not only of the implications that can come with a driving under the influence citation, but are also aware of the growing danger technology can pose to drivers. Not only is the use of smartphones to text while driving dangerous, in many states it is also illegal.

Texting and driving in Idaho: Know the law.

It is illegal to text and drive in Idaho. The law went into effect in July of 2012, making the state the 37th in the nation to ban texting while driving. A driver is in violation whenever a handheld wireless device is used to prepare, transmit or review a message. Devices that make use of voice prepared messages or other hands free uses are exempted.

Penalties associated with texting and driving violations can include a monetary fine and increase in severity if an accident or injury results.

If an enforcement officer pulls over a driver under suspect of texting while driving, the officer may ask to see the driver's phone. Although the driver can choose to hand over the phone, it is not required. If an officer forces a driver to provide his or her phone, the driver's constitutional rights may be violated.

If you were stopped for a texting and driving or another violation and believe your rights were violated, contact an experienced Idaho criminal defense lawyer. This legal professional will be able to review your case and help develop a defense that could lead to a reduction or, in some cases, even a dismissal of charges.

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