Alarming results from texting/driving survey

Hamilton, ON, Canada / AM900 CHML

An alarming number of Ontario teenagers have admitted to texting while driving.

A survey for the province was conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and shows more than one-third of licensed Ontario students in Grades 10 to 12 reported doing so.

That’s an estimated 108-thousand teenagers.

For Grade 12 students alone, 46 per cent of them said they texted at least once while behind the wheel.

The fine for distracted driving in Ontario is 280-dollars.

Separate studies suggest texting while driving can boost the chances of being involved in a crash by a factor of 20.

On the flip side, surveys have found the percentage of students who reported drinking and driving has declined dramatically over the last 20 years.

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