Thirty three states now have laws banning text messaging while driving, but many young drivers seem to have found a loophole in the law. Many smartphones now come equipped with social media applications for Twitter, Facebook and more. While the use of these applications while driving is not specifically outlawed in many areas, the use of such apps amounts to the functional equivalent of texting while driving.
According to Reuters, a recent study conducted by the University of Alabama found that approximately one third of college-aged drivers use social media applications when they are behind the wheel. To make matters worse, many drivers who had previously been involved in a car accident related to the use of their phone or another distraction reported that they continue to use social media applications while driving.
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