Shut Up and Drive: Feds Target Talking, Texting Behind the Wheel

Pilot program aims to curb talking or texting from behind the wheel.

ByABC News via logo
April 14, 2010, 8:26 PM

April 15, 2010— -- Despite indisputable evidence that it's a dangerous practice, cell phone use behind the wheel is a growing problem.

Studies show that that people who talk and drive at the same time are four times more likely to crash. Those who text and drive are 20 times more likely to have an accident.

Every year, about 6,000 people are killed and 500,000 injured because of distracted driving, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has said.