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September 6, 2013 | Number of The Day
New Jersey youths who admit to texting while driving

They are called “digital natives” — people between the ages of 17 and 25 who were born after the technology boom and can’t conceive of living without computers, the Internet, mobile devices, and cell phones. When Plymouth Rock Management Co. of New Jersey interviewed 1,000 of them with valid licenses, they found that 61 percent had texted while driving despite 83 percent saying it’s the biggest safety issue today.

Many of those who admit to texting while driving have also seen their parents do so (25 percent), and 73 percent have witnessed friends engaging in this dangerous behavior.

Other unsafe practices that they’ve witnessed include making or receiving calls without using hands-free technology, disobeying traffic laws, eating or drinking while driving, and monitoring the GPS navigation system.