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A new idea: Paying a teen to stop texting while driving may work

The University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine is finding 99 percent of teens say they'd be willing or somewhat willing to give up reading emails and getting on social media while driving.

Posted: May 4, 2018 7:22 AM
Updated: May 4, 2018 7:42 AM

MASON CITY, Iowa - Matilda Lee is currently saving up and learning to be on the road on her own.
“I listen to music over the radio or something and put (my phone) in the glove compartment or put it on do not disturb so it doesn't even, I don't hear a ring or buzz, so I’m not tempted to reach for it, look at it,” Lee said.
She's referring to her cell phone, something she has on her at all times, but is confident she plans to put it away once behind the wheel.
“People around me, they could be texting a yes, no, yes, something short and sweet but it could be a paragraph and be texting and steer to the right or left and you could be to the right or left,” Lee said.
The University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine is finding 99 percent of teens say they'd be willing or somewhat willing to give up reading emails and getting on social media while driving. When asked what would make them do it, most said cash. Incentives they say could be insurance discounts or straight cash every week to not text and drive.
“I mean, yeah, I’d do anything for some extra money, what you would do for free money? Being off your phone is you're not going to get in a car accident,” Lee said.
Nine out of 10 teens in the study say they'd be willing to stop reading texts or making calls. Fewer say they would consider giving up using navigation or music apps.

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