Using a cell phone while driving can delay a person's reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent.
Nearly 6,000 people died in 2008 in crashes involving a distracted or inattentive driver, and more than half a million were injured.
- Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves.
- Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37 percent.
- Eighty percent of all crashes and 65 percent of near crashes involve some type of distraction.
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