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Distracted driving may be even more deadly as Iowans return to the road

Des Moines, IA – More Iowans are getting behind the wheel after many months of doing little driving during the height of the pandemic, and there’s concern they may have forgotten some important rules of the road. Meredith Mitts, spokeswoman for Triple-A-Iowa, says distracted driving remains a crucial problem. A federal report blames distractions for 19 fatal crashes in Iowa in 2019.

The report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds about nine deaths a day nationwide are caused by distracted drivers, and in most cases, a cell phone is to blame.

Other primary causes of distraction include: in-vehicle technology, eating or drinking, and passengers in the vehicle.

A Triple-A survey found 96-percent of drivers agree typing or reading on a hand-held cellphone while driving to be very or extremely dangerous, but 39-percent admitted to reading and 29-percent admit to typing on a smartphone at least once while behind the wheel within the past month.

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