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: Pennsylvania US Senate Race Between Republicans Mehmet Oz, Dave McCormick Too Close To Call
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: John Fetterman Wins Democratic Pennsylvania Primary For Senate, AP Projects
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: Phillies Return Home After Road Trip With 3-0 Loss To Padres