In past decades, public safety advocates struggled to deal with an epidemic of teenage drinking and driving. While no one should drive while intoxicated, teenaged drivers received significant attention because they are more likely overall to become involved in a fatal accident than experienced drivers. That's why a dramatic decline in the number of teens who drink and drive is welcome news.
Unfortunately, one hazard has been replaced by another. Texting while driving now causes more teen injuries and deaths than drinking and driving, researchers have found. The latest estimate found that more than 3,000 teens die nationwide due to texting while driving each year and another 300,000 are injured. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 2,700 teens are killed in car accidents involving alcohol each year and another 282,000 are treated in emergency rooms.