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Poll: Most parents have strict rules for teen drivers

Jan 23, 2016

A new poll from the University of Michigan says most parents have strict rules for teen drivers.  

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Researchers say teen drivers are vulnerable to distractions.  

They say it’s important for parents to set rules to reduce those distractions.  

The C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health finds a majority of parents strictly forbid teen drivers from talking on cell phones or texting. Most also put limits on the number of passengers, as well as where and when teens can drive.

But the poll also finds many teen drivers believe they have fewer limits than their parents actually impose.