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The impact of texting and driving

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Car accidents happen every day, so it may seem like fighting the single issue of texting and driving is focusing on a battle instead of the war.

But a Siouxland expert on texting and driving says it's a major impact on a person's driving ability.

Carla Granstrom with Mercy Medical Center's Reality Education Alcohol Prevention program says 25% of all crashes happen when a person is driving and using a device.

It's one of the top killers on the road, and studies show eleven teenagers are killed every day in distracted driving accidents.

More than 5,000 have been killed on US highways in accidents, and it's because texting takes away three major points of your driving concentration

"There's actually three types of distractions. There's visual, where you take your eyes off the road, there's manual, when you take your hands off of the wheel, and there's cognitive, when you take your mind off of what you're doing. And actually, texting is the worst, because it takes all three into consideration," Carla Granstrom, REAP Program Director.

Granstrom says the danger is so great, that simply pulling over or waiting until you're out of the car is always the choice you should make.

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