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Despite laws, safe-driving campaigns and even gory public service announcements, an overwhelming number of teens are still texting while driving, according to a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, "Teens and Distracted Driving." Driving while distracted -- often due to texting while driving -- has been identified as an automobile accident causal factor that's on par with driving while intoxicated. A number of states have already passed laws specifically prohibiting texting while driving.
I'm not entirely certain that the world might come to a shattering halt if my teens didn't have phones, so it's hard to convince me that the type of phone is that important. I chose my kids tracfones, the most unfashionable, yet ergonomic phones on the market (not to mention cheap). Firstly my teens don't consider pulling them out in public as a show of style. And secondly because the plans are small, I only have to buy them a really small plan, and when they run out, they get their own - this works great for communicating with their frugal sides. My approach to the whole driving, and texting starts before they climb into a car. Use the phone as little as possible anyway.