(NEW YORK) -- As many states move to adopt laws banning texting while driving, a new study found teens in states without bans texted much more while driving than teens in states with bans.
Within the states themselves, the rates of teen texting while driving decreased from 43 percent to 30 percent in a two year period after laws were implemented, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The study used data from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Surveys of 2011 and 2013, a nationwide survey of teen risky behaviors performed by the CDC.
Researchers specifically focused on the 14 states with new texting while driving bans.
Even though the drop in teen texting while driving in states with bans was very significant, about one-third of teens in those states still reported texting while driving.
Researchers also found that experienced teen drivers -- those more than one year older than the legal driving age limit -- were almost five times more likely to text while driving than less experienced teen drivers.
Teen drivers represent the largest proportion of distracted drivers, with cellphone texting frequently being a major distracter, according to the study.
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