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The risk factors of talking and texting while driving…

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The National Safety Council estimates that 23% of all traffic crashes are associated with drivers using cell phones and text messaging (21% cell phone and 2% text messaging). The data inputs for the 21% of crashes associated with cell phones included epidemiological studies that have found cell phone use results in a fourfold increase in the risk of crashes, and NHTSA’s NOPUS results show 9% of drivers are talking on cell phones at any given daylight moment.

The 2% of crashes associated with text messaging is based on an 8 times relative risk while text messaging estimate and a NOPUS estimate that about 0.6% of drivers at any given daylight moment are observed manipulating handheld electronic devices. 
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