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Many Teens Still Don't Understand That Drinking and Driving Don't Mix

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A driving-behavior survey of teens suggests that kids don't fully grasp the consequences of getting behind the wheel of a car after consuming alcohol.

Conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions, the survey found that while 10 percent of teens claim they never drive under the influence, they do admit to occasionally driving after having downed some alcohol.

The survey of more than 2,500 American high school juniors and seniors also reveals that although 47 percent say they never text while driving, they will send a text when the car is not in motion at a red light or stop sign.

Another scary finding: just over 2-in-10 believe it's all right for a designated driver to have consumed a small amount of alcohol, provided their driving abilities are not too impaired.

In a further sign that many teens don't have a handle on the danger they’re putting themselves and others in, 86 percent say driving under the influence is either extremely or very distracting. However, 68 percent also acknowledge that they've driven after having more than three drinks.

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