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Distracted Driving Submitted by Jim Shaw

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Jim Shaw submitted the following, gleaned from the American Motorcyclist magazine.

A Progressive Insurance study shows about one third of drivers feel confident in their ability to text and drive, yet the majority believe distracted driving is the biggest cause of crashes—not drunken driving—and more than 90 percent say it should be illegal.

More than 60 percent of 18- to 34-year olds are confident in their ability to safely text while driving, compared to less than 6 percent of those 55 and older.

More than 80 percent of those surveyed believe police should pull over drivers for texting alone.

The most common feelings reported when seeing another driver texting are concern (62 percent) and irritation (50 percent).

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed, and 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. Teens were the largest age group reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes.