Distracted Driving Causes One in Every Six Highway Deaths
Posted on Sep 23, 2010
Do you believe that talking on your cell phone or sending a text message while driving isn't that dangerous? Think again.
So-called distracted driving crashes claimed 5,474 lives and led to 448,000 injuries across the country last year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That's one in every six highway deaths.
While overall traffic fatalities fell in 2009 to their lowest levels since 1950, from 2005 to 2009, the proportion of deaths tied to driver distraction increased to 16 percent from10 percent, the government said.