A new survey reveals an alarming rate of new mothers texting, checking emails or talking on the phone while their babies are in the car, according to a story published in USA Today (Wed., 1/23/2013). The survey conducted by Safe Kids Worldwide and American Baby magazine, two child protection advocacy groups, found that 78 percent of moms with children under the age of two acknowledged talking on the phone while driving with their babies. As many as 64 percent said they turn around to tend to the child in the back seat. The survey, which was conducted in July, surveyed 2,396 mothers who were licensed drivers with children under the age of two. The story explained how, of the 10 percent of the mothers surveyed who drove an average of 150 miles per week, had been in a crash, a figure that is three times higher than the national average. Safe Kids’ President Kate Carr recommended that mothers pull over if they need to tend to their children in the car and that all drivers leave their phones in the back seat and not attempt to answer them while driving.
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