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Statistics on cell phones and traffic accidents

On a daily basis, traffic accidents that involve drivers who were distracted result in over 1,160 injuries and eight fatalities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Across the country, distracted driving takes many forms, whether a driver takes his or her eyes off the road to change the radio station or converse with others in the vehicle. However, cell phones are particularly problematic in New London, and on roads across the state of Connecticut.

After conducting a study, the CDC found that 69 percent of American drivers who were between the ages of 18 and 64 admitted to talking on their cell phones when they were operating a vehicle in the past 30 days. Moreover, 31 percent of drivers in this group also admitted receiving or sending an email or text while they were behind the wheel in the previous 30 days. Sadly, this behavior will continue to claim lives that never should have been lost in the first place.

According to the Official US Government Website for Distracted Driving, this behavior claims many lives and results in a significant number of injuries per year. In fact, 431,000 people were injured in a distracted driving accident during 2014, while 3,179 people lost their lives in these crashes over the course of the same year. Furthermore, receiving or sending text messages is especially dangerous because it requires drivers to take their eyes off the road. In the U.S., roughly 660,000 people are using an electronic device or cell phone while driving a vehicle at any moment during the day. 

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