Study: Kids more distracting than cell phones

Published On: Apr 22 2013 03:55:59 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 22 2013 11:00:00 PM EDT
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DAVIE, Fla. -

Local 10's Jen Herrera tested the results of a study finding 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.

Local 10 mounted a GoPro camera inside 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 rearview 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.

Click here to read AAA tips about distracted driving.