New group will fight driver cellphone use
By The Post's regional transportation correspondent Ashley Halsey III:
Twenty-eight percent of all traffic accidents are caused when people talk on cellphones or send text messages while driving, according to a study released Tuesday by the National Safety Council.
The vast majority of those crashes -- 1.4 million of them -- are caused by cellphone conversations, while an additional 200,000 are blamed on text messaging, the council report said.
Because of the extent of the problem, federal transportation officials unveiled a new organization Tuesday, patterned after Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), that will combat driver cellphone use. The group, FocusDriven, grew out of a meeting on distracted driving sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington last year.
| January 12, 2010; 3:31 PM ET
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