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More than 3,300 People Killed in Distracted Driver Wrecks

Posted: Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 at 6:23 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

This is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. According to the Department of Public Safety, in 2012, 3,328 people were killed and 421,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%, according to a Carnegie Mellon study. The age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the under-20 age group while the 30 to 39-year-olds involved in fatal crashes had the highest proportion of cell phone involvement.

Also, a report from the National Safety Council found that people talking on cell phones or sending text messages cause more than one out of every four traffic collisions.