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Teens Text More While Driving Than Parents Think: Study

Teenagers are 26 times more likely to send text messages while driving than their parents expect, based on preliminary results of a safety study by Toyota Motor Corp. and the University of Michigan.

The survey of more than 5,500 people in the U.S., consisting of drivers aged 16 to 18 and their parents, also found 69 percent of teens regularly drive with other teenagers and no adults, Toyota said in a statement yesterday.