Times: Study finds drivers in state busy on cellphones, texting

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by LORNET TURNBULL / The Seattle Times

KREM.com

Posted on September 9, 2013 at 7:48 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 9 at 6:40 PM

The first study in Washington of distracted driving found that one of 12 drivers in six major counties were using cellphones or other electronic devices while behind the wheel — and nearly half of those were texting.

And while many commuters might consider that rate lower than what they see on roadways each day, the author of the study being released Monday said the rate is actually higher than previous estimates.

Texting “is more distracting than most things people do in their cars,” said Beth Ebel, the study’s principal investigator and a trauma doctor in the Injury Prevention and Research Center at Harborview Medical Center.

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