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Distracted driving played a part in 5,500 vehicle-related deaths last year

Gazette staff May 11th, 2011

To help make our nation’s roads safer, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has turned its focus on combating distracted driving.

“Distracted driving is a deadly epidemic on America’s roadways, and our youngest drivers are often the most at risk,” said David Strickland, NHTSA administrator. “When you’re driving, your attention should always be on the road — not on a phone. ”

According to the organization:

—Car crashes are the No. 1 killer of American teens, with an average of 11 American teens dying each day as a result.

—Nearly 5,500 people died in 2009 in crashes involving a distracted driver.

—Driver distraction contributes to 25 percent of all police-reported traffic crashes.

—Inexperienced drivers under age 20 have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes. —Gazette staff

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