09/26/2010 // US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
U.S. – The number of driving accident deaths caused by texting has significantly risen over the past few years. As reported by HealthDay News, recent government research shows that fatalities caused by auto accidents involving texting and cell phone distractions increased by 28 percent over the span of three years, from 2005 to 2008.
Lead researcher Fernando Wilson, an assistant professor in the School of Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, is quoted in the report as stating of the findings, “The increases in distracted driving seem to be largely driven by increased use of cell phones to text… Overall use of cell phones have been pretty steady, but texting volumes have increased dramatically in the last few years.”
More information about the study may be found in the online publication of the American Journal of Public Health.
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