Interesting Fact Of The Day: Many Of Today’s Teens Are Too Busy Surfing And Texting To Drive

Mark Perry
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The percentage of 19-year-olds in the U.S. who have driver’s licenses dropped from 87.3% in 1983 to 69.5% in 2010, according to the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute.
“It reflects mostly the increased use of the Internet,” said Michael Sivak, research professor and the head of the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute. “The virtual contact that is possible through electronic means is reducing the actual physical need of contact among young people. Furthermore, some young people feel that driving interferes with texting and other electronic communication.”

Meanwhile, the percentage of people with a driver’s license who are 70 or older has increased from 55% in 1983 to 80% in 2010.

Source: USA Today

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