Almost half of Grade 12 students in Ontario text and drive: Poll

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, Last Updated: 12:52 AM ET

Ontario high school students are taking unnecessary risks, such as texting while driving and cycling without a helmet, a new survey has found.

The report from the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health found 46% of Grade 12 students text while behind the wheel.

"We were surprised to find that so many young people are taking this risk," CAMH researcher Robert Mann said in a press release.



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The ongoing survey also found 79% of students in Grade 10 to 12 said they sometimes go cycling without a helmet, while 53% said they rarely or never wear a helmet.

"The very high rates of young people who do not always wear helmets while cycling is troubling because of the potential for very serious injury," Mann said.

 


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