Ohio Teen Drivers Report Dangerous Behavior Behind Wheel

Ohio’s young drivers are reporting some potentially dangerous behavior behind the wheel. A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows nearly 17 percent of Ohio teens say they don’t wear seat belts while driving – that’s more than twice the national rate of 8 percent.

Seven percent of Ohio teens reported driving after drinking, and more than a fifth said they’d ridden with a driver who’d been drinking.

Felice Moretti at the Ohio Department of Public Safety says these are examples of why there are restrictions on teen driving in the overnight hours and on the number of passengers they can carry.

"Teen drivers are new drivers, and the more experience you have behind the wheel the better you become at driving," Moretti says. "So teen driving -- whether you're a teen driver at 15 1/2 or you're a teen driver at 19 -- as you learn to drive, the more time behind the wheel you become a better driver."

Nationally, 58 percent of high school seniors admitted in the CDC study that they text or email while driving. About 43 percent of high school juniors admitted doing the same thing.

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