BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Health risk and behavior reports from the Vermont Health Department say almost 60 percent of high school seniors text or email while driving.
This was the first year that the Health Department is assessing texting and driving behavior in students. More than one third of students from 6th through 12th grade report texting or emailing while driving.
Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen says that "significantly fewer students" drink, smoke or abuse prescription drugs.
Chen also highlights weight as a problem for Vermont state residents. The risk reports show that 30 percent of students and 60 percent of adults have an unhealthy weight.