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Smartphones can be dangerous

We've all heard the warnings about the risks of texting while driving, but we're not all heeding them.

A May 2015 survey commissioned by AT&T found that 70% of Americans use their smartphones while driving, with texting (61%) and emailing (33%) ranking as the top activities. Meanwhile, 27% acknowledged catching up with friends on Facebook while driving.

Texting, emailing and Facebooking while driving can be risky, though.

According to estimates from the National Safety Council, 27% of U.S. car crashes in 2013 involved drivers talking and texting on mobile phones.

Figures on traffic deaths directly tied to smartphones are hard to come by. But according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 9 people are killed and more than 1,150 are injured every day in the U.S. in wrecks that involve distracted driving. Those distractions include texting, emailing and other smartphone activities.

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