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News | 02/04/2003 5:00 am EST

Cell phone #1 cause of accidents, according to study
A new study by the California Highway Patrol says that talking on a cell phone while driving is the number one cause of driver-distracted accidents. The study focused exclusively on the connection between cell phone use and accidents in the state. The study revealed that 18% of 9,000 accidents in 2001 were the result of inattention. Cell phone was cited in 891 crashes or approximately 10%. If the results of the study are found to be accurate, it would seem to debunk other studies that have reported cell phone related accidents to be below the 5% range.

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