Liberty Mutual released the results of an interesting survey. Teens are complaining that their parents are texting while driving and are driving while under the influence of marijuana.
Here’s what the study found:
• 42% say they’ve asked their parents to stop texting while driving.
• 18% say they’ve asked their parents to not drive after smoking weed.
• 40% say their parents ignore them completely or rationalize their behavior.
Liberty Mutual spokesman Dave Melton said, “We’ve inundated teenagers with safe-driving messages. They’ve experienced the consequences, they’ve put the candles against the telephone poles to remember a friend, or something like that, and they wonder why their parents don’t do this.”
Melton said the survey also got a bit more detailed:
• 88% of the teens report their parents talk on a mobile device while driving.
• It is the most common teen complaint.
• 58% say their parents text while driving.
• 16% say they drive with kids in the car after having an alcoholic beverage.
A separate Liberty Mutual survey of the parents contradicts one of the complaints of the children. It said 84% of of them say they have stopped the behaviors and listened to the request of the teens. Just 2% say they’re ignoring the kids.
Melton said, “Teens are reporting an observation that they see. Perhaps they’ve inflated the numbers a little bit just like their parents have. But I think parents are trying to justify their bad behaviors and suggest that yes, of course they’ll take action.”
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