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By Dena Martin
The Times 

Distracted driving applies to more than just cell phones and raises insurance rates

Insurers can see if distraction is the cause of an accident or ticket


February 14, 2019

Washington State – A study by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WSTC) indicates that drivers in Washington state are less distracted by cell phones, but that distracted driving is still a costly and dangerous problem, according to a press release by the NW Insurance Council.

Cell phones are the source of over half of driver distractions in Washington, according to WTSC, even though the number of drivers holding a cell phone dropped to 3.4 percent in 2018 from 5.7 percent in 2017. The study also found that other distractions behind the wheel, such as eating, tuning a radio or atte...

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