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Texting while driving is costing us all (access required)

The number of people speaking on handheld phones while driving has decreased from 6.2 percent to 3.8 percent between 2007 and 2015 as technology improved hands free options, but the number of people manipulating handheld devices while driving increased from .7 percent to 2.2 percent during the same time frame. The increased number of distracted drivers is causing more accidents and forcing insurance companies to increase their rates. Photo by Benton Alexander Smith.

Auto insurance rates for most Americans have increased over the last five years because of texting, talking, and other device-related distractions, and Idaho is no exception. Accidents caused by distracted drivers and rising medical costs are forcing insurers to adjust ...

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