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Crashes Caused by Distracted Driving Increase in Texas

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Crashes and deaths caused by distracted driving increased by more than 8% last year.  

TXDOT research showed that you are four times more likely to be in an accident if you are using a hand-held device.

If you are texting, you are 23 times more likely to be in a crash.

TXDOT research also showed that 85% of Texans consider texting or talking on the phone to be a threat to their safety but over half of Texans still use their cell phone while driving.

According to statistics gathered by TXDOT research, its not just a problem involving young people.  Of the more than 90,000 crashes caused by distracted driving, 28,000 were drivers between 16 and 24, and nearly 24,000 were caused by drivers over 45.

TXDOT’s research calls distracted driving more than just using your phone while driving.  It also includes eating or reading while driving and even crying children.

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