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Monday, April 8, 2013 - 8:39pm
El Paso, TX (KDBC) — It happens every day.
You get a text or a phone call and you feel the need to respond immediately, even when you're driving. But what you may not know is a simple text or call can cost you your life or someone else's.
According to crash data collected by the Texas Department of Transportation, to date, there were 90,378 crashes in Texas in 2012 that involved distracted driving (distraction, driver inattention or cellphone use).
That's an 8-percent increase from 2011.
Of these crashes, 18,468 resulted in serious injuries and 453 resulted in deaths. From 2011 to 2012, there was a 9-percent increase in traffic fatalities caused by distracted driving on Texas roadways.
Although all the age groups are represented in the total number of traffic crashes caused by distracted driving, of the 90,378 traffic crashes in 2012 in Texas, the top two age groups are ages 16-24 and over the age of 45.
On Monday, TxDOT launched its Talk. Text. Crash. campaign to coincide with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
As part of the campaign, TxDOT is asking Texans to do their part by making a simple commitment to focus on driving when they get behind the wheel.
Learn more about the Talk. Text. Crash. campaign by liking the TxDOT Facebook page: www.facebook.com/txdot