By Drew Johnson
Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 @ 1:56 pm
 
A new study indicates that when it comes to distracted driving, it might be a case of monkey see, monkey do. A recent survey found that 48 percent of 16-21 year olds nationwide have seen their parents talking on a cell phone while behind the wheel.

The survey, conducted by Knowledge Networks for Consumer Reports, also found that 15 percent of kids have seen either their mom or dad texting while driving. Texting is widely considered the most egregious form of distracted driving and is totally banned in all but 12 U.S. states.

Of the 1,049 16-21 year olds surveyed, 29 percent admitted to texting while driving, exceeding the rate of their parents. However, younger drivers talk on hand-held devices at a lower rate than their parents, with just 47 percent fessing up to the act.

Although having friends in the car is a whole other topic of debate for distracted driving, the survey found that young drivers with peers in the car were nearly 50 percent more likely to put down their phones than those that drive alone. Moreover, almost half of those surveyed reported asking another driver to stop using their phone for safety reasons.

The NTSB is currently pushing for a nationwide cell phone ban while driving, although only one city has so far enacted such laws.