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1,200 Cell Phone Related Crashes Since Hands-Free Law, CHP Says

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California's hands-free cell phone went into effect two years ago, but the latest statistics from the California Highway Patrol show that there is much room for improvement. In the last two years, there have been 1,200 collisions statewide where "a contributing factor was inattention by the driver due to cell phone usage," said the department.

Of those crashes, 16 people died and 850 were injured.