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Distracted Drivers Account for 80 Percent of Crashes

A recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that distracted drivers are the leading cause of auto crashes in the U.S....
April 26, 2006

A recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that distracted drivers are the leading cause of auto crashes in the U.S.  The new report shows that the problem of driver distraction is a far more significant factor in crashes than generally believed.  Although cell phones are the most common distraction, drivers also become involved in accidents while reaching for a moving object, reading, applying makeup, eating, drinking, or operating CD players and radios.  The study, conducted for the NHTSA by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute in 2003 and 2004, concludes that distracted drivers account for 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near crashes.

Breakthrough Research on Real-World Driver Behavior Released (NHTSA 4/20/06)

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