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NHTSA release new numbers on distracted driving

States take action to stop distracted driving
Posted at 5:19 PM, Apr 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-30 18:20:53-04

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The National Highway and Traffic Safety Authority is releasing new numbers about the amount of people injured and killed by distracted driving.

It remains a constant battle for authorities as the they try to limit the amount of people who get distracted behind the wheel. The NHTSA says the total number of distracted driving deaths has decreased by 8 percent from 2016 but the number of people killed is still well into the thousands.

According to the report, over 3,000 people died from distracted driving in the U.S. The report shows there is a high correlation between that and cell phone use while behind the wheel especially with people aged 16 to 24.

The NHTSA says although the number is down it still should not be this high because distracted driving can be easily avoidable.