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Every day in the United States more than 16 people are killed and more than 1300 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver As said by the Oelwein Police Department A distraction is a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else Therefore distracted driving is any non-driving activity a person engages in that has the potential to distract him or her from the primary task of driving and increases the risk of crashing There are three main types of distraction consisting of visual manual and cognitive A visual distraction is anything that takes your eyes off of the road a manual distraction is anything that causes you to take your hands off the wheel or feet off of the pedal and finally a cognitive distraction is anything that causes you to take your mind and thoughts off of what you are doing or needing to focus on in this case all of these being involving driving Some examples of these distractions are texting or cell phone use adjusting the radio or climate controls talking to others using a PDA or a navigation system reading looking at maps looking for a dropped item applying make-up and eating or drinkingDistracted driving does increase the risk of a car crash because evidence shows that distracted driving is one of the main causes of crashes in the United States In 2010 nearly one in five crashes 18 in which someone was injured involved distracted driving According to wwwcdcgov on distracted driving in their motor vehicle safety column Likewise Of those killed in distracted-driving-related crashes 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction 2009 NHTSA As a matter of fact 49 of drivers with cell phones under the age of 35 send or read text messages while driving Told by the Harris Poll Together with texting and driving the statistics from University of Utah in 2009 stated that
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