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Study: Spokane drivers text and drive most

Wednesday, January 14, 2015by  Jon Osterberg

Spokane County drivers, you’ve been outed.
   In a 2013 study conducted by the Univ. of Washington and Harborview, researchers observed drivers at intersections across the state. In Spokane County, 14.5% talked or texted on their cellphones, the highest percentage in Washington.
   Whatcom County drivers had the second-highest usage at 12.5%, while Snohomish County had the lowest, 4.3%. In populous King County, 9% of drivers talked or texted while driving.
   Using a hand-held cell phone has been illegal in Washington since 2008.
   The consequences can be deadly. A 20-year-old driver died last fall when, while texting a friend, he crossed the centerline of U.S. 195 and crashed into a semitruck.
   Five years ago, a 16-year-old girl crashed while talking on her cellphone and died on an icy road north of Spokane.
   Read the Spokesman-Review article.

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