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WVU to Study if Cell Phone Laws Have an Effect on Crashes
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on January 09, 2013 @ 7:36PM
Created on January 09, 2013 @ 2:03PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia University is getting $182,000 to study whether laws limiting or banning cell phone use while driving are effective.
The researchers will look at laws on texting and talking, how they're enforced, and accident rates among drivers under 25.
Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It was announced Wednesday by U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller.
Rockefeller says he hopes the research will produce useable results that could help make the nation's highways safer.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says nearly 3,100 people died in distracted-driving crashes in 2010, while another 416,000 were injured. They also went on to say that 18% of injury crashes in 2010 were reported as distraction-affected crashes.
It says 40 percent of teens say they've been in a car with someone using a cell phone in a way that endangered others.
More Information:  What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.  Click Here to see types of distractions.

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