Study: Kids far more distracting than cell phones


DAVIE, Fla. – A study finds that children are 12 times more distracting to drivers than cell phones.

The Australian research study also found parents take their eyes of the road for more than three minutes during a 16-minute drive.

WPLG mounted a GoPro camera inside reporter Jen Herrera's minivan to see how many times she took her eyes off the road while driving her two daughters home from school. The trip lasted about 10 minutes.

"She handed them to you," said Herrera. "I watched the whole thing."

Video showed her glance over and over again into her rear view mirror.

"A mother is going to take care of the kids first. It's a main priority," said AAA manager Juan Rivera.

An AAA study found babies are eight times more distracting to drivers than adult passengers.

In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involved a distracted driver, according to AAA.

"Distracted driving, especially for mothers out there, if we care about our kids so much, let's care about their safety," said Rivera.

Read AAA tips about distracted driving.