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Research shows concern over distracted driving

Posted On Mon, September 20, 2010

All it takes is a split second for a life-changing motor vehicle collision to happen. A fatal accident can happen to anyone, making life insurance and car insurance so important to have.

More than half of those involved with the 2010 Traffic Safety Culture Index released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says they feel less safe on the road today than they did five years ago. Almost 90 percent recognize texting or emailing behind the wheel as a major threat to their safety, according to the index.

AAA Foundation CEO and president Peter Kissinger says distracted driving from cell phone use needs to stop.

"Motor vehicle crashes suddenly, prematurely and violently end the lives of tens of thousands of Americans each year - killing more of our children, teens and young adults than any other single cause," says Kissinger. "Using a phone while driving increases your risk of being in a crash fourfold due to the physical, visual and mental distractions."

Teens have taken most of the heat for cell phone use while driving. However, adults engage in the practice as well. It's safer for motorists to either pull off the road or have a passenger make a cell phone call rather than doing so themselves.

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