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  • A third of teens self-report texting or emailing while driving (in the prior month), a proven deadly distraction for all drivers and especially teen drivers. 
  • Speeding was a factor in more than half of fatal crashes with a teen behind the wheel, nearly the same percentage as in 2008.
  • Driving a car after drinking (during prior month) slightly decreased from 10 percent to 8 percent, and the percentage of teens behind the wheel dying in crashes with a blood alcohol level increased slightly -- from 38 percent to 41 percent.

2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2011 Fatality Analysis Reporting System, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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