Study: Kids more dist­racting than cell phones


A Miami TV news reporter tested the results of a study finding children are 12 times more distracting to drivers than cell phones.

The Australian research study also found parents take their eyes of the road for more than three minutes during a 16-minute drive.

A GoPro camera was mounted inside WPLG-TV news reporter Jen Herrera's minivan to see how many times she took her eyes off the road while driving her two daughters home from school. The trip lasted about 10 minutes.

Video showed Herrera glance over and over again into her rearview mirror.

"A mother is going to take care of the kids first. It's a main priority," said AAA manager Juan Rivera.

An AAA study found babies are eight times more distracting to drivers than adult passengers.

In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involved a distracted driver, according to AAA.

"Distracted driving, especially for mothers out there, if we care about our kids so much, let's care about their safety," said Rivera.

Click here to read AAA tips about distracted driving.


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