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Food, Phones and People Among Biggest Teen Driving Distractions

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Food, texting, people, and music--that's what Hunter Wunderluy and other teens say distracts their peers on the road.

"I've noticed that I'm in the car and I look over and there's kids eating while driving," Wunderly said. "Then he'll do a big swerve whenever he drops his burger or something."

Emalani Ieremaia says people are a distraction.

"Like a lot of days now,” she said, “people will look at the cars to see the cute people that walk on the street or something."

A new study at Virginia Tech and the National Institutes of Child Health says teens are careful in their first six months of driving. After six months, that’s when things take a turn and they let distractions get the best of them.

On average, about 11,000 to 12,000 students will learn to drive in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. They'll get books and they'll take a road test but those can’t necessarily prepare them for distractions.

Ross Boner, an AAA insurance agent, says the cell phones are a big distraction. He says one of the worst violations for teens is texting while driving. Boner says texting while driving is not only distracting, it’s dangerous.

"When receiving or sending a text message, it takes average of about 4 or 4 1/2 seconds to do that,” Bonner said. “So, if you're driving 55 mph, that's the equivalent of driving the length of a football field blind.”

While the new study may be concerning, especially for parents, Hunter think there is a solution for his fellow friends on the road.

"There's all sorts of programs that could go out but the truth is, it just needs to be a higher punishment. If you're ever going to do that, you're not allowed to eat anymore McDonalds.”

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