Mass. has lowest percentage of teens texting and driving

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A new study on teen behavior reveals some encouraging news about Massachusetts. The study examined everything from smoking and drinking to drug use, sex, video games and texting.

When it comes to texting while driving, Massachusetts had the lowest percentage in the country.

The survey found that 32% of teens in Massachusetts texted or sent an email while driving over the past month. That’s compared to 61% of teens in South Dakota, the state with the highest percentage.

22News asked drivers if what they see on the roads matches up with the percentage.

“It definitely makes sense to me. You don’t see that many people texting here even though it’s a college town. Maybe speeding, but not much texting,” said Shiri Dori-Hacohen of Granby.

“My friends are very good about it. They will shut their phones off and put them in the compartments and focus on driving,” said Alexis Plante of Greenfield.

Massachusetts banned texting while driving in 2010. Fines start at $35 for adults and $100 for teens under the age of 18, along with a 60-day license suspension.

For more details on this teen behavior survey, Click Here.

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