25% of all car accidents involve the use of a gadget

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According to a recently released report, up to 25 percent of US based car crashes involve the use of a gadget.

Driving distractions, primarily by cellphones and other electronic devices, are associated with up to 25 percent of U.S. car crashes, according to a report released on Thursday.

The study by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), a nonprofit group that works to improve traffic safety, assessed research from more than 350 scientific papers published since 2000.

In other words, people are playing with cell phones, music players and other such things that they should not be. Lets just say this and keep the ranting to a minimum here — as someone who spends a fair amount of time on foot and close to traffic (a runner and triathlete) I will say this — the amount of people I see with their eyes on a phone (or other gadget) as opposed to the road is scary. That being said, keep your eyes on the road (even when you are creeping slowly through a stop sign or red light) and pay attention. After all, the minute you may save by multitasking while driving could cost lots more in injury time. Bottom line, put the gadgets away when driving, and if you cannot do it for yourself, do it for the ones you could potentially kill or hurt when you crash into them.

Via [MSNBC] and [Gizmodo]

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