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NHTSA: Distracted Driving Caused 6,000 Deaths In 2008

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood claims that 15% of all road deaths last year were due to driving while distracted. Texting while driving and other cell-phone-related driver behavior is the focus of a NHTSA summit that began today. Good. [Freep]

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From the article: "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said nearly 6,000 people died in 2008 in crashes involving distracted drivers, or about 15 percent of all road deaths. But there is no good data on how many of those deaths are linked to texting or using mobile phones."

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