According to a study published Nov. 16, one-fourth of U.S. teenagers ages 16 and 17 have sent text messages while driving, and more than 40 percent have had a cell phone conversation while behind the wheel, reports the Associated Press. The survey reveals the need for driver’s education programs to step up efforts to discourage such activity, which has been shown to be more dangerous than driving while under the influence of alcohol. (See "Tests reveal dangers of texting while driving.") Twenty-six percent of teens ages 16 and 17 have texted while driving, according to the survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project — about the same rate as found in separate studies conducted among adults. The survey found boys and girls were equally likely to text while driving. A number of states have banned text messaging or talking on a handheld cell phone while driving, and the U.S. Senate is considering legislation to crack down on so-called "distracted driving." According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 5,870 fatalities last year in crashes in which driver distraction was reported…

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