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Survey: 78-percent of new moms on the phone behind the wheel

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Are most mothers' eyes everywhere except the road?

Seventy-eight-percent of new moms admit talking on the phone, texting, checking email and more with their babies in the car, according to a child advocacy group's survey of nearly 2,396 new moms.

"I've made a conscious effort but I'm not going lie," said Kristi Ewasko.

Kristi Ewasko is a mother of two, including baby 9 months old baby girl, Cameron auburn.

"It's very easy to reach over grab it and pick it up," said Ewasko.

This busy mom and coach says it is hard to put the phone down, even when she's driving. 

"Actually I Have two cell phones," said Ewasko. "Yes it's very easy to text and drive; it's one of those things that's become a habit. My husband and I are trying very hard to make it off limits. My children are everything to me."

According to the survey from Safe Kids Worldwide, nearly four out of five mothers with children under the age of two say they talk on the phone and 26-percent say they text or check email.

Another two-thirds of those surveyed admit to dealing with their kids in the backseat while they are driving.

Another mother, Kim Rueseler calls the numbers shocking and likely higher than many admit. 

"I've done it," said Rueseler. "The minute you hear the beep, you want to look usually when your kids are in the car. You try not to, but you always think it's important to answer that call. " 

But, hold the phone … drivers we spoke with say don't just point the finger at moms.

Father, Paul Crowe says we all need to slow down.

"I would suggest it's similar for fathers as well," said Crowe. "We should pay attention more to it I'm just as guilty as the next person." 

Consider this example, driving down the road at 30 miles an hour you look down for two seconds. According to police, at that speed you'd travel 88 feet.

Then, at 70 miles per hour, the distance climbs to over 200 feet in those two seconds. That's plenty of time for anything to come in your path. Police say with eyes on the roads accidents could be prevented.

"It's hyper important we pay attention. Not just for ourselves but for our community and our kids," said Crowe.

"This is endangering everybody around you. It could be a 10 car pileup and a dead child in the back seat because this mother is texting," said Kathi Fish, a busy working mother and grandmother.

Fish says she finds time to text away from the car. She's in real estate and says she spends a lot of time behind the wheel. Fish believes it's time we all take a stand against texting and driving.

"I think if I've got a client in my car and I pick up the phone and start texting and driving, I would slap me," said Fish. "How rude. I'm going to disregard their life because I think this message has to go right now. No, there's nothing that can't wait. We all need to take responsibility for what's going on around us."

Drivers and police say the study should serve as a wakeup call. We should make a long-term commitment to stop texting and driving, They say it could save your child's life, your life and the life of another driver.

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