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More Teens Die Each Year from Texting While Driving than Drunk Driving, Says Study

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It's no secret that texting while driving is a huge concern across the United States, with some experts calling it an "epidemic" among teenaged drivers. Over the years, more and more states have begun enforcing laws against using a cell phone while behind the wheel, and earlier this week the four largest cell phone carriers launched a joint texting-while-driving awareness campaign.

A new study from the Cohen Children's Medical Center in Hyde Park, New York, recently revealed some sobering statistics regarding this topic. According to the research, texting and driving kills more teenagers each year than operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, with the numbers totaling approximately 3,000 and 2,700, respectively.

"The reality is kids aren't drinking seven days per week - they are carrying their phones and texting seven days per week, so you intuitively know this a more common occurrence," Dr. Andrew Adesman of the Cohen Children's Medical Center told CBS New York.

A whopping 50 percent of teenagers who participated in the study indicated that they text while they are driving. This is alarming, to say the least, since statistics from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute reveal that drivers are 23 times more likely to get into a car accident while texting than if they aren't distracted.

In the state of Colorado, it's against the law to send text messages while behind the wheel, and those who are convicted may face penalties. However, if you believe you've been wrongly accused of texting while driving, you can count on The Orr Law Firm, an expert law firm in Denver, to defend you in a court of law.

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