Effort launched to curb distracted driving

A nationwide campaign is being launched to raise awareness about the dangers of talking or texting while driving.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made an appearance at the Yonkers headquarters of Consumer Reports to announce the campaign, which organizers hope will reduce the thousands of fatal accidents caused by distracted drivers every year.

Consumer Reports notes three deadly statistics:

- Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens. - Teens are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as other drivers. - And texting multiplies by 23 the risk of a collision.

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