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Distracted driving is as risky as drunk driving, study says

Fox 13 Salt Lake City
April 6, 2017

A new study by Cambridge Mobile Telematics, the world’s leader in smartphone-centric telematics, says that distracted driving is as dangerous as drunk driving.

In the study, more than half of all the trips conducted resulted in crashes, but John Gleason, UDOT Public Information Officer, wasn’t surprised.

“There’s really no surprises in this report, it confirms what we’ve known for years, and that’s that distracted driving is one of the most common and one of the deadliest behaviors we see here on Utah roads,” Gleason said.

In Utah alone, distracted driving has caused at least 25 deaths in Utah, but according to Gleason, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. In fact, because of varying circumstances, such as drivers not wanting to admit they were distracted during a crash, the likely number is much higher than reported.

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