Commit to Distraction-Free Driving

Many Americans continue to use their cell phones while driving despite widespread education campaigns that warn of the dangers. In fact, one in three drivers say they have read, sent, or composed email messages while driving, according to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 3,267 in 2010, according to federal statistics. An additional, 387,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 416,000 injured in 2010.

“The cell phone can be a fatal distraction for those who use it while they drive,” said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden. “Driving and dialing or texting don’t mix. If you are driving, pull over to safe place and stop before you use your cell phone.”

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