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Teen Drivers Distractions

Teenage drivers make some shocking admissions about what's really going on behind the wheel. These admissions hit home tonight, since the holidays are the leading time teens get in an accident, and the number one killer of teens, a car crash.

57 percent admitted to speeding... 22 percent say they race other drivers... And two-thirds say distractions like mp3 players, cell phones, and texting are all used.

Kim Dawson says she wishes her two teenage girls focused more on the road. But knows they won't give up bad habist.

Dawson says, "We taught them to mulit-task so its our fault, but they can eat a hamburger they can talk on the phone and they can drive at the same time."

This type of over stimulation in the car can lead to accidents... Especially with unexperienced drivers.

Cpl. Jerry Neufeld with the Amarillo Police Department says, "The mind can't do that many things at one time and do them safely. What we find is that we'll focus and concentrate more on that conversation or that text messaging and not pay attention to what is going on in front of us."

And if you have bought your kids a new car with fancy features... You may not be helping the problem.

Ryan O'neal with Ryan O'Neal Auto's says, "People don't believe it, but these tv's, even as parents will admit that we listen to the movie and pay attention to it. Well you can't see it and for children to have that type of stuff in their vehicle they are apt to pay attention to what's going on and try and turn around and pay attention to the movie."

Experts say talk with your kids and know what is going... Because it might just save their life.

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