In 2008, 5,870 people were killed in car crashes while eating or talking on the phone. The government wants you alive, so it recently launched the public-service site Distraction.gov. In other news OH LOOK SOMETHING SHINY

Studies show that talking or texting on a phone while driving is akin to having a blood alcohol level of 0.08%. On Monday, the Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, launched a site geared at informing the public of the dangers of distracted driving. The site is part of a national campaign that aims to reduce the number of traffic accidents caused by inattentive drivers.

There's no telling how much of a difference the government's efforts will make, but seriously, people: Hang up the phone. Stop texting. You can kill yourself all you want, but some of us don't want to die because your SMS was a bit too LOL.

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[Distraction.gov]