Target 11: Distracted driving on rise among young drivers

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PITTSBURGH - A federal survey shows an increase in distracted driving among young drivers.

The survey found the number of 16- to 24-year-olds using electronic devices while driving doubled in a 1-year period, higher than in any other age group.

About 3.5 percent of young drivers are now engaging in this dangerous activity at any given time, the study showed.

The use of electronics on the roads doesn’t end at texting and driving, either. Young drivers have added surfing the web and checking apps on smartphones to the list of driving distractions that potentially increase the likelihood of crashes.

The study also showed that women are more likely than men to reach for their cellphones to chat, while those under the age of 30 were more likely to text or check email while driving.