From the Experts: Eyes On The Road, Please

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Drivers can be distracted for many reasons, including texting and using their cell phones, looking at their GPS, or even changing their radio station. According to the National Highway Safety Council, in 2009 nearly 5,500 people died (16% of all motor vehicle fatalities) and nearly 500,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. A texting driver is 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash than one with undivided attention; in fact, a study by Car and Driver found it takes a texting driver twice as long to react than one who is legally intoxicated.

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