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Not Good: Distracted Driving Left Nearly 6,000 Dead Last Year

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We see it everyday on Los Angeles roads. Drivers eating, reading, illegally talking on a cell phone, checking Google Maps on their iPhone, painting nails, etc. So much for paying attention, not to mention the lack of turn signals used in by L.A. drivers (annoying!).

The U.S. Department of Transportation hosted a two-day summit yesterday and today on district driving, announcing that 5,870 people were killed and 515,000 were injured last year in crashes involving at least one form of driver distraction, according to the Associated Press. That's 16% of crash fatalities in 2008.