Forget Cell Phones — Kids In The Car Are Even More Distracting

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(CBS) — We all know that cell phones and driving don’t mix, and there are laws against that. But many of us drive around with something that one recent study suggests is 12 times more distracting.

CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist gives us an unusual look at what’s going on inside the car as you drive.

Kids – they can be a handful in the car. When they beg for your attention, the ride could become dangerous.

“It’s very busy. There’s a lot of noise. Sometimes they can be fighting,” says mom Melissa Herscher.

“It’s a little hectic because I have three under 3,” agrees Susan Fallon.

They were among four parents who agreed to allow CBS 2 to put cameras in their cars, and then  three safety experts analyzed the videos.

Virginia Tech transportation researcher Charlie Klauer looked at how long the drivers kept their eyes off the road, and found the mother of three was the most distracted.

“Her ‘eyes off road’ time was at least 50 percent there for a good minute to 2 minutes, and that’s really dangerous,” Klauer says.

Fallon told CBS she kept looking back to check the position of her newborn.

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