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Distracted driving awareness month

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Posted By: Dan Messineo
dmessineo@klkntv.com

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a survey for National Distracted Driving Awareness month.   It reveals conflicting results between participants' opinions of distracted driving and how they behave behind the wheel. 

We know using our cell phones while driving is dangerous, but a new survey by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows many of us do it anyway. 

660,000 drivers across America admit to using electronic devices while driving.  The survey finds that 74% of drivers called for a ban on hand-held cell phone use while behind the wheel.  94% said texting and driving should be illegal.  

In a statement, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warns about the dangers of distracted driving, even calling it an epidemic.  "Powering down your cell phone when you're behind the wheel can save lives-maybe even you own," LaHood said.  Many studies agree.  In an 18-month University of Utah study, college students using a driving simulator were 8 times more likely to crash when texting.    

Currently, it's illegal in 39 states and the District of Columbia for drivers to text while behind the wheel.  Hand-held cell phone use is illegal in 10 states and the District of Columbia. 

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