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Old 07-12-2011, 06:00 PM
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Default 25% of Car Crashes Occur Because of Gadget Distraction

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43674825/ns/technology_and_science-wireless/t/gadgets-tied-percent-car-crashes-report/' target='_blank'>http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4367482...crashes-report/</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"Driving distractions, primarily by cellphones and other electronic devices, are associated with up to 25 percent of U.S. car crashes, according to a report released on Thursday. The study by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), a nonprofit group that works to improve traffic safety, assessed research from more than 350 scientific papers published since 2000."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/dht/auto/1310485858.usr1.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>This shouldn't come as a shock to anyone, but no matter how good of a driver you are, the second that anything - a cell phone, the radio, reaching for a cup of coffee, etc. - takes you eyes off the road, you're dramatically increasing the risk of having an accident. Texting and overall cell phone use is just the latest trend in a problem that has occurred since the invention of the automobile...though I'd guess that back in the Ford Model T days, with no radio to fiddle with, GPS to check, or phone to answer, there were a lot less accidents due to distracted driving. Topping out at 45 Mph also helped!</p>
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