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Bans on texting and driving prevented more than 1,600 emergency room visits a year, a new study found.
At any given moment, some 660,000 drivers are fumbling for, glancing at or chasing after their phones while behind the wheel, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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And drivers distracted by their phones are at fault for about one in four car crashes, resulting in almost 390,000 texting and driving injuries, the National Safety Council says.
But there's an easy fix: banning cell phone use on the road.
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Laws against texting and driving in 47 states reduce the number of annual ER visits by four percent, a new Texas A&M study reports.
Our smartphones make so much in our lives easier. Constant contact and having answers to any uncertainty at our fingertips might even make us feel safer.
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But that's simply not the case behind when we're behind the wheel.
As the National Safety Council asserts, driving and using a smartphone both take a lot of brain power and concentration, and trying to do both at once is just too much for our minds.
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The result of our attempts to multitask behind the wheel is some 1.6 million car crashes every year.
Having watched in horror as testing and driving drove a sharp increase in car accidents, legislatures in nearly every US state have now passed laws prohibiting the practice.
And it's working, the new study suggests.
The Texas A&M University team analyzed data on various kinds of texting and driving laws...
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