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“According to a study by the Virginia Tech transportation institute, nearly 80 percent of car accidents are due to distracted driving.
One of the most dangerous habits is text messaging while driving. Other distractions include eating, applying makeup and talking on a cell phone. Studies show that someone talking on a cell phone is four times as likely to get into a crash. For someone texting and driving, a wreck is six times more likely.
Governor Kaine said, “Certainly there would not be a more dangerous kind of distraction than trying to text while you’re driving so I hope people wont wait until July 1, I think people should stop doing it right now.”
Lt. Mike Mondul with the Danville Police Department said, ‘Texting while driving can be particularly be dangerous because you actually have to look down at the screen to punch in the letters, which when your eyes are down here their not on the road.’ ”
Previously on the DC Meto Area Personal Injury Law Blog, we have posted articles relating to the dangers of distracted driving:
- Teenagers and cell phone use while driving;
- Teen drivers and over-confidence
- Hands-free phones and distracted driving
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