Poll: 30% of Younger Drivers Text At the Wheel

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has stepped up his fight against distracted driving with alarming new statistics from Consumer Reports and a public awareness campaign conducted together with the publication.

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teenagers, who are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers. The Transportation Department reports that about 5,500 people were killed and another half million were injured in 2009 during accidents related to distracted driving.

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Who’s Calling? Some More Than Others

The number of voice minutes and text messages used each month by age bracket.

The heaviest use of cellphone minutes is in the Southern states.

The idea that Americans are talking less on their phones and texting more might be true in many instances, but you can exclude a couple of groups of people from that category.

In a report released Tuesday, Nielsen, a consumer data and trend-tracking agency, said blacks are talking on their phones more than ever before, on average more than 1,300 minutes a month. Hispanics, the “next more talkative group,” talk on the phone 826 minutes a month.
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Teens Learn Dangers of Texting while Driving

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) — Kamy Mayott has been told that texting while driving is dangerous. But the 15-year-old didn’t know just how dangerous until she navigated a golf cart through an obstacle course while texting and took out a whole row of orange cones.
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PhoneScholar.com Video Blog 4-20-10

After running all around town today here is what I am talking about. Verizon and the NFL, Texting Teens and the now infamous Apple 4G iPhone leak.

Third of U.S. teens with phones text 100 times a day

(Reuters) – A third of U.S. teenagers with cellphones send more than 100 texts a day as texting has exploded to become the most popular means of communication for young people, according to new research.

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