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Texting while driving and other risky behaviors

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A new study finds teens who text while driving are more likely to engage in other risky behaviors behind the wheel.

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control surveyed more than 8,500 teenagers. Nearly half of them reported texting while driving within the past 30 days. These students were also more likely to drink and drive, ride with others who have been drinking, and not always wear their seatbelts. Doctors say the key to curbing bad driving behavior is for parents to set a good example.

The study results were released one day before the country's four biggest cell phone companies announced a multi-million dollar, joint campaign against texting and driving. Those companies are AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. The campaign will include TV and radio ads, store displays, community events, social media outreach and a national tour of a driving simulator. Also, an ad will be displayed on three Goodyear blimps.

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