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Most young drivers still distracted by cellphone

A new study shows 71% of drivers between the ages of 18 and 24 admit to checking messages on their phones while stopped at a traffic light.

Only 48% of older drivers admit to the same behaviour.

This week is National Teen Driver Safety Week aimed at building awareness of teen driver safety issues.

Tips for safer driving include setting phones to airplane mode so as not to be disturbed behind the wheel — and passengers should speak up if the driver is looking at their phone.

Other common-sense rules are keeping both hands on the wheel and schedule stops so it is safe to check the phone.

Drivers should also avoid eating and smoking behind the wheel.

Ontario drivers caught driving distracted face fines up to $1,000, a loss of three demerit points, and a three-day licence suspension for a first infraction

kconnor@postmedia.com

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