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Research Letter
May 13, 2019

Patterns of Texting and Driving in a US National Survey of Millennial Parents vs Older Parents

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston
  • 2Center for Clinical Investigation, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 3Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 4Department of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 5Center for Surgery and Public Health, Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Pediatr. 2019;173(7):689-690. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.0830

The national US motor vehicle fatality rate has recently increased, with distracted driving being a potential underlying cause.1 Texting and driving is prevalent, associated with an increased risk of motor vehicle crashes,2 and more common among younger drivers.3 Millennials (born 1981-1996),4 known for their significant cell phone and technology use, are becoming parents. Little is known about parent driving behavior associated with crash risk and the influence of such behavior on children’s subsequent driving habits.5 The aim of this study was to characterize the texting and driving patterns of millennial vs older parents.