63 percent under 30 admit driving while on phone

WOODBURY - The federal government is setting its sights on distracted drivers.

The U.S. Department of Transportation and Consumer Reports magazine have released a poll that says 63 percent of people under 30 acknowledge driving while using a handheld phone and 30 percent say they've sent text messages while behind the wheel. For those over 30, the percentages were 41 percent on the phone and 9 percent texting.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Consumers Union President Jim Guest announced plans to make a guide for parents and educators available online to help deal with distracted driving.

Experts say people who text while driving are 23 times more likely to have an accident.

AP wire services were used in this report.

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