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Cell-phone talking while driving doesn't lead to higher crash risk, research says

Matt Hamblen | Aug. 12, 2013
Carnegie Mellon study looked at real-world cellular calling and millions of accident records from 2002 to 2005.

The NSC believes talking on cell phones while driving leads to 20% of all crashes, while texting causes 4%. There were about 6 million car crashes in 2012 in the U.S., and 3.7 million of those resulted in significant injury or death. Most of the focus by state legislatures is on texting, with 41 states having some form of law restricting texting while driving.

The CTIA, which represents the wireless industry and carriers, said it doesn't oppose total government bans on using wireless devices while behind the wheel, but said such decisions should be left to the public and lawmakers in their respective communities.


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