Even parents driving with their kids in the car can't stop texting

TUCSON, Ariz. - Hey mom and dad, if you're reading this behind the wheel, put the phone down. 

A newly released study says about half of parents text or check social media while driving with their young kids in the car. 

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania Nursing School is responsible for the research.

The study, which was published in the Journal of Pediatrics, interviewed 760 parents and caregivers and found that many of them have been naughty as of late.

Here's what the study found out:

  • One third of parents admitted they read texts
  • One fourth admitted they sent texts
  • One in seven say they've recently used social media while driving

Those who were interviewed were at least 18 years old, a caregiver of a child between the ages of 4 and 10, and had driven their oldest child between those ages at least six times in the last three months.

The study also looked at risky behavior associated with driving, which includes not wearing a seat belt and driving under the influence of alcohol, whether or not their children were with them. 

Research found a direct correlation between a history of driving under the influence and the likelihood of all types of cell phone use while driving with children in the car.

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