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Children are a Common Distraction When Driving

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving claims the lives of more than 3,500 people each year. Distracted driving is defined as anything that takes a person’s attention away from the road, which includes talking on the phone or in person, changing the radio station, or using the navigation system. According to a recent article by ABC News, driving with children in the backseat of a car is also one of the most common and potential distractions.

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Distracted Drivers Cause Accidents

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the odds of getting into a collision are two times more likely when a person takes his or her eyes off of the road for just two seconds. Recently, the University of Utah conducted a study which found that a motor vehicle’s navigation system is extremely distracting to a driver. According to the study, on average, it takes approximately 40 seconds to program a navigation system while operating a motor vehicle.

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U.S. Traffic Fatalities Up 9% in the First Half of the Year

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CNNMoney reported that the National Safety Council (NSC) found that the number of people killed in traffic accidents in the first six months of 2016 was 9% higher than it was in the first half of 2015. The NSC reported that 19,100 people were killed from January 2016 to June 2016 — compared to 17,350 in the same six months last year — and 2.2 million were seriously injured. This year’s numbers were also higher than they were the same time two years ago, when there were 16,251 fatalities on the road.

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