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BurntOrange

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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 12:08:20 AM

American pedestrians and bicyclists are being killed by distracted drivers in increasing numbers, a new study finds.

Pedestrian deaths caused by distracted driving -- perhaps talking on cell phones, using a GPS or eating at the wheel -- jumped nearly 50 percent in a recent five-year period, reaching 500 in 2010.

The number of bicyclists killed by distracted drivers increased 30 percent, from 56 in 2005 to 73 in 2010, according to the study, which was published in the November-December issue of the journal Public Health Reports.

"We're constantly exposed to distracted drivers," study author Fernando Wilson, an associate professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said in a university news release.


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2013 5:51:03 AM

is it any surprise when drivers use ear buds, yack on the phone and text... not to mention eating, singing and arguing. No wonder they're distracted.
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OKRifle
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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2013 10:05:16 AM

No cycling and texting!
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tomok
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 2:46:16 PM

Distracted-Driving Deaths of Pedestrians, Cyclists Up in U.S. And it will continue to go up as long as people drive Distracted and Impaired. What will it take to stop Distracted Driving Deaths of innocent people!
Drive vehicles with high mpg, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
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remay
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 1:40:03 PM

It IS a big worry!
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DanMtz
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 11:14:05 AM

Too many toys for drivers to play with.
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c0wb0y
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 9:42:53 AM

Not surprising.
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bston
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 7:09:01 AM

Too much to be distracted about in overall life nowadays.
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SkooterG
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 1:56:12 AM

No surprise unfortunately.
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alterman156
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 1:54:07 AM

Don't drive distracted.
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stopforgas
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 12:24:07 AM

Too many neighborhoods and towns with no sidewalks. At least here in the south.
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crreed1
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 12:18:08 AM

nobody is looking
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Zonk
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 12:16:52 AM

Another old weekend news.
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bikechuck
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 12:13:56 AM

Not only drivers, but the cyclists and pedestrians are also distracted and not walking or riding safely.
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flyfast
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 12:12:45 AM

if you on the roads YOU NEED TO BE LOOKING TOOOOO....
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boatfloyd
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 12:10:03 AM

Its dangerous out there.
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unicornpmb
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 12:09:46 AM

Will keep going up until people get their heads screwed on right.
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FusionCa
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 12:09:04 AM

OK.
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rawdog1313
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 12:08:13 AM

GPS and texting
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mfeldstein
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 12:07:57 AM

Driving is serious business and when you're driving it's your only business.

[Edited by: mfeldstein at 12/1/2013 12:07:44 AM EST]
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bolobill
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 12:05:36 AM

ok
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Beboper
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 12:04:42 AM

old news
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speedraider
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 12:04:32 AM

old news
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N5EXY
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 12:04:29 AM

Old story but still newsworthy.
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Shotobee
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 12:04:23 AM

Not good.
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PrinceLH
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 12:01:47 AM

Aagain!
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cheaper0ON
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2013 12:01:09 AM

old.
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Sapper08
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 11:59:31 PM

We know this.
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HA4CNN
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 11:58:44 PM

Sad
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ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 11:56:28 PM

What about distracted pedestrians.......its a two way street.
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CityCouponer
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 11:54:57 PM

No Distracted-Driving.
No Distracted-Walking.
Everyone needs to pay attention1
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sleuth696
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 11:52:15 PM

catastrophe waiting to happen
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vwilsonskis
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 11:52:08 PM

Not surprising
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SavALot
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 11:51:45 PM

Products of technology
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SparkieMi
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 11:51:37 PM

Very sad but true!!!! Great post by pliskin!!!!
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rouxnthehouse
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 11:51:34 PM

Happens anyway.
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mstearno
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 11:51:27 PM

yes
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pliskin
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 11:49:13 PM

You can go two way with this headline. I mean has anyone ever been driving properly and have some moron on a cell phone walk off a curb and in front of your car and then look at you as if you're to idiot? I'm sorry, but paying attention applies to everyone unless of course your personal life is more important than your conscious life!
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unclenorman
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 11:48:04 PM

Sad
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garman87
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 11:47:11 PM

Does this really shock anyone?
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NemoIL
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 11:46:54 PM

Could this have any relationship to the rise in texting and other distracting electronic devices in cars?
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bonusmum
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 11:40:49 PM

If you find that you need to get some points removed from your license, take a course online to reduce your annual premiums: defensive drivers discount in Rye Brook NY.

[Edited by: bonusmum at 11/30/2013 11:41:21 PM EST]
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jnseyeongas
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 11:36:05 PM

Same news just printed differently.
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Tekkersmom57
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 11:36:02 PM

This should not be continuing to happen!!! There has been way too much education on this matter.

When behind the wheel of a moving vehicle, do the task at hand....DRIVE!!!
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davenles
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 11:34:34 PM

Pay attention out there.
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cutter1330
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 11:34:03 PM

They need more than a slap on the wrist.
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 11:33:21 PM

Let's do better
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Beaveronparade
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 11:32:08 PM

Such a sad & disturbing trend. This needs to change. I say harsher penalties.
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X5driver13
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 11:30:40 PM

Sad that this continues to happen.
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DrLyon
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 11:30:30 PM

Be alert...
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MikLamb
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 11:29:43 PM

Bad news.
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