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Study: Texts while driving even more dangerous

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- A new study suggests that texting while driving increases the risk of a crash much more than previous studies have concluded.

Researchers at the Virginia Tech say motorists who text take their eyes off the road longer than they do when talking or listening on their cell phones.

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute used cameras to continuously observe light vehicle drivers and truckers for more than 6 million miles. It found that when drivers of heavy trucks texted, their collision risk was 23 times greater than when not texting.

Dialing a cell phone and using or reaching for an electronic device increased risk of collision about 6 times in cars and trucks.

Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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