Poll: Teenage girls riskier drivers

Feb. 17, 2010 at 4:43 PM
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. teen girls are more likely to admit they engage in speeding and aggressive driving while boys are becoming safer drivers, a new survey reports.

The Allstate Foundation released "Shifting Teen Attitudes: The State of Teen Driving 2009" Wednesday. The study is a follow-up to one done in 2005.

Almost half the girls interviewed for the survey said they tend to drive at least 10 mph over the speed limit, while only 36 percent of the boys said they drive over the limit. While 13 percent of the boys described themselves as aggressive drivers, down from 20 percent in 2005, 16 percent of girls did, up from 9 percent.

Girls were also more likely than boys to admit distracted driving, including using cell phones behind the wheel to talk, text or send e-mail, and changing stations on the radio.

Black teenagers are more likely to describe themselves as safe drivers with 47 percent saying they take no risks. Hispanic teenagers report more risky behavior, with 30 percent saying they drink and drive, while 23 percent of all teenagers do, and 30 percent saying "speeding is fun," compared to 19 percent of all teenagers.

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