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April 30, 2012
US News & World Report HealthDay -- Cellphones, Texting Put Teen Drivers in Danger, Studies Show
US News & World Report HealthDay -- In this article examining the results of two new research papers on teen cell phone use behind the wheel from the University of Washington's Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, Jessica Mirman, PhD, a behavioral researcher with the Young Driver Research team at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and author of recent papers examining factors contributing to crashes involving teen drivers, is quoted. Dr. Mirman emphasizes that parents should stress the positive effects of staying off the phone while driving instead of the negative effects. The new research found that there is no safe position for texting behind the wheel and that "compulsive" use of cell phones may be linked to more teen driver-related crashes.