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Report: Texting While Driving Kills More Teens Than Drunk Driving

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Texting while driving is dangerous, but nearly half of the people on the road admit they still do it. Recent studies show texting while driving is taking even more lives than drunk driving.

"Electronic devices have added a new dimension and it increases the risk of danger expeditiously," said Jeff Cranson, the MDOT Communication Director.

Nearly half of teens admit to texting while driving. A study by the Cohen Children's Medical Center finds texting while driving is responsible for 3,000 deaths nationwide and 300,000 injuries out-numbering drunk driving's 2,700 deaths and 282,000 injuries.

"I really don't think the average driver realizes how serious it is when they take their eyes off of the road," said Lt. Kyle Bowman with MSP.

Glancing down at your cell phone may seen harmless, but when you're traveling down the expressway at 70 miles per hour, in three seconds you're covering an entire football field. Statistics show if you're texting while driving, you're 23 times more likely to crash.

For more information on the latest texting while driving statistics, visit Seen on 6.

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