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New study confirms driving while distracted increases risk of MVA

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A new study confirms that dialing, texting, or reaching for a cell phone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near miss, especially for new drivers.
The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, and results show that just talking on the phone while driving did not prove to be dangerous, unlike other studies suggest.

Researchers installed video cameras, lane trackers, gadgets to measure speed, and other sensors in the cars of 42 newly licensed drivers and 109 experienced adults.

The risk of a crash or near miss rose dramatically among young drivers who were dialing a phone, texting, reaching for something, or eating.

Nebraska State Trooper Chuck Elley says safe driving practices need to start at home.
"Parents need to be good role models for their teenage drivers.  Our kids learn from their parents.  And if they see parents texting while driving or talking on the cell phone while driving, they're going to do the same thing because they think it's okay.  And it's not," Elley said.
Trooper Elley says the number one killer of teenagers is motor vehicle accidents.


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