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Despite long-term and ongoing public education campaigns aimed at reducing distracted driving, this dangerous behavior continues to be a safety threat on Georgia's roadways.
Besides self-inducted distractions, other distractions occur on the road itself. This can be especially true in Arizona with its abundant wildlife. Jack rabbits and road runners darting out in front of you can also cause a dangerous distraction.
In 2015, an AAA study revealed that the majority of auto accidents with teen drivers identified as the at-fault party were caused by distracted driving, primarily texting and driving, though talking on the phone and being distracted by drivers were also among the causes.
However, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, if every state adopted the strictest limitations, the nation would reduce the number of crashes each year by more than 9,500 and save more than 500 lives.
Toyota, recalling some 778,000 vehicles, is warning owners not to allow front-seat passengers until the airbags are fixed. “In fact, Toyota considers the Takata passenger bags so dangerous that dealers are being told to shut off the passenger bags if an owner comes in for recall repairs but parts aren’t yet available,” USA Today says.
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