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Texting and Driving: The Facts about Distracted Driving Accidents

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ibute signific

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dults

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use

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t d

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lities in the mid-1970s, comp

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lities

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bitu

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ge in

isky d

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s texting

nd d

iving.

ddition

lly,

s p

eviously mentioned, teen

ge

s just do not h

ve the d

iving expe

ience th

t olde

people do,

nd the

efo

e do not h

ve the h

bits

nd

eflexes of d

iving ing

ined in thei

minds yet. This compounds the

isk of beh

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nd d

iving fo

teen

ge

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use they do not h

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ge

nd expe

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complete

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ted to texting

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iving. Even those

ho d

ive fo living commonly cont

ibute to the st

tistics. The pen

lties fo

texting

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CMV (Comme

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