By Dr. Brian McDonough
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death in teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 years old.READ MORE: Temple University Student Samuel Sean Collington Killed In Off-Campus Shooting In North Philadelphia
A new report in The Journal Pediatrics says that texting and driving can tell you a great deal about teens and their behaviors.READ MORE: Officials Introduce People Over Politics Petition Calling For Change In Rules For Pennsylvania Politicians
According to the report, teens, who engage in texting while driving, were found to be more likely to not wear seat belts and more likely to ride with a driver who has been drinking and up to five times more likely to drink and drive.
The study also found the relationships and texting while driving and other risky behaviors strengthened as the frequency of texting increased.MORE NEWS: WATCH LIVE: Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Nick Sirianni To Speak With Media Following Loss To New York Giants