Texting-driving accidents jump

Posted by on August 12, 2009 at 7:47 am.

The number of accidents in South Dakota that authorities blame on drivers who are distracted by cell phone use has jumped 60 percent in the four years since the Department of Highway Safety began collecting such data.

In 2004, the number of accidents tied to cell phone use was 82. By 2008, it had reached 138.

But those numbers don’t tell the whole story, officials say. For an officer responding to an accident to identify cell phone use as a contributing factor, the driver who used the phone usually must report it, Sioux Falls Police Chief Doug Barthel said.

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