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How To Stop Texting and Driving and Keep Your Family Safe

Texting while driving increases the risk of a vehicle accident by 2,300 percent, according to national transportation experts, yet more and more people continue this dangerous practice.

The percentage of drivers who text messaged or used their mobile devices while driving went up dramatically, from 0.6 percent in 2009 to 0.9 percent to 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In fact, more than 3,000 people died in vehicle accidents in 2010 due to drivers who were texting, using their cell phone or were otherwise distracted.

Distractions while driving include talking to other passengers, eating and changing the radio, but reading or writing text messages is especially dangerous. Other startling statistics include:

To help you break your cell phone habit while driving, experts recommend the following safety tips:

With vehicle accidents being the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, parents and guardians should talk about the dangers of distracted driving with their young drivers. Statistics show 16 percent of young drivers in fatal accidents were driving distracted.

To help reduce the risk of distracted driving in the family, parents should first set a good example by refusing to drive distracted. Other suggestions include:

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