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Texting and driving is now thought of being just as bad as drunk driving.

The study found that in states like IL with laws against driving while using hand-held devices, the average time drivers spent on the phone was 3.17 minutes per 100 miles, compared with 3.82 minutes in states with no laws against hand- held use.

A recent study shows cell phones are the main distraction for more than two-thirds of distracted drivers in Washington. As part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, the Texas Department of Transportation is launching its "Talk, Text, Crash" campaign to remind drivers to stay focused on the road. Reckless and distracted driving is the number one killer of USA teens, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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According to Life360, MS drivers use their cell phone while driving an average of 2.56 times per drive.

"These statistics are likely much higher and are often under-reported to law enforcement since motorists don't always admit to driving distracted", said Commissioner Farrow. The NHTSA reports that 3,477 people were killed and an estimated 391,000 injured in motor vehicle collisions involving distracted drivers in 2015.

Use an app that will block texts and calls while driving.

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The top 10 percent of distracted drivers were 2.3 times more likely to be in a crash than the average driver.

"The message is out, and people know that distracted driving is risky", said Dr. Kelly Browning, Executive Director of Impact Teen Drivers. "Just as it took a change in the driving culture through education and enforcement to reach a 98 percent seat belt compliance rate in California, so too will it take a multifaceted approach to eliminate distracted driving".

"Beginning April 6th, you will see stepped-up law enforcement efforts".

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The new law if you can touch the phone you could be looking at a ticket. "If you want to send a text and you have a passenger inside the vehicle have that person send the text for you", added Corporal Henry.

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