10/23/2015 09:12 EDT | Updated 10/23/2016 05:12 EDT

Texting While Driving In Decline Among Teens: Study

REGINA — A new study suggests teenagers are texting less while driving, in large part because they think it's dangerous and irresponsible.

The study's lead author, Sean Tucker, an associate professor at the University of Regina, says the number of teens who said they sometimes or almost always texted while driving fell to six per cent in 2014 from 27 per cent in 2012.

Tucker, and co-author Simon Pek from Simon Fraser University, also asked the teens why they stopped texting and driving.

The most common reasons given were the perceived danger of texting while driving, laws and fines against it, and seeing close calls or accidents by other drivers.

Tucker says it's possible that texting while driving could become socially unacceptable as is drinking and driving.

The findings are based on surveys of 6,133 teens in 2012 and 4,450 teens in 2014, mostly in Ontario.

They are published in November edition of the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention.

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