STUDY: Texting & driving may coincide with other risky teen behaviors

(WXYZ) - If you've ever caught your teen texting and driving, chances are he or she is making other risky decisions behind the wheel.

A new study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics found teens who text while driving are also more likely to engage in other risky driving behaviors.

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed 8,500 teens.

They found nearly half admitted to texting while driving in the past 30 days.

Twelve percent of teens said they texted behind the wheel at least once a day.

Researchers found teens who admitted to texting while driving were also more likely to drive intoxicated and ride with a driver who had been drinking.

They were also less likely to wear a seat belt, according to the study.

Texting while driving is illegal in most states.

In Michigan, teens with a graduated driver's license can be fined if they're caught using a handheld cell phone behind the wheel.

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