Breaking the texting and driving habit

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Even though we know it's deadly, people are still texting and driving. A local professor said getting our hands on technology at an early age makes it tough to break the habit.  

Kansas and Missouri both have laws that restrict texting and driving. Kansas University Professor Paul Atchley has studied the psychology texting and driving.

His research shows that 97 percent of KU students text and drive, even though they'll readily admit it is more dangerous than drunk driving.

The average age kids get a cell phone is 8 years old.  By the time they start driving, it seems impossible to ignore their main source of connecting to their peers that they've already been using for years.

"It's not an addiction, we've done research on the addictiveness of technology; I will say it's a compulsion," Atchley noted. "Particularly with young adults in that information loses value very quickly."

And parents may be part of the distracted driving problem. That's because you're calling to check on your kids while they're driving.

A new survey says more than half of teens have talked to their mom and dad while driving and teens said they see their parents using the phones while driving too.

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