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Talking to death: texts, phones kill 16,000: study
Posted: 24-Sep-2010 [Source: Reuters]

[A study at the University of North Texas reports that 16,000 people have died through accidents caused by the distraction of mobile talking or texting.]

Maggie Fox -- Drivers distracted by talking or texting on cell phones killed an estimated 16,000 people from 2001 to 2007, U.S. researchers reported on Thursday.

The estimate, one of the first scientific attempts to quantify how many people have died in accidents caused specifically by mobile telephone distractions, also suggests a growing number of these drivers are under 30.

"Our results suggested that recent and rapid increases in texting volumes have resulted in thousands of additional road fatalities in the United States," Fernando Wilson and Jim Stimpson of the University of North Texas Health Science Center wrote in the American Journal of Public Health.

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