texting and drivingThe relationship between teenagers and bad behavior is complicated. Most teens are smart enough to know the dangers, but yet naïve enough to still take the risk, according to a new study from Forbes. The study focused on the dangerous decisions teens make, like drinking and driving or texting behind the wheel. To make their conclusions, Forbes teamed up with Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) to gather and compile data.

More on the study

In the study, students answered questions about their driving behavior. Categories include:

  • Talking on the phone
  • Sending or receiving text messages
  • Speeding
  • Not wearing a seatbelt
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Driving under the influence of drugs

The study showed that 15% of teens admitted to drinking and driving, while 16% said they had driven after smoking marijuana. 78% admitted to sending or receiving text messages while behind the wheel.

These activities are not just dangerous. They’re also illegal.

In Florida, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to consume alcohol. A driver who is under 21 and driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.02 of higher receives a variety of penalties, including an automatic license suspension for six months. Driving under the influence of chemical of controlled substances, including certain prescriptions, is also illegal.

Additionally, texting and driving is illegal and incredibly dangerous. In the event of an accident, the state can access a driver’s cellphone records as evidence of their reckless behavior.

When teens behave negligently, others get hurt. After an injury, the recovery process is complicated, both medically and legally. Costs pile up, and the pain and suffering is severe, especially in the case of serious injuries or a loved one’s wrongful death. After an accident, contact an experienced Florida attorney to ensure that your rights are protected.