Travelers YouTube Series Warns About Distracted Driving

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In an ongoing effort by property-casualty insurers to dissuade people from texting while driving, The Travelers Cos. launched a YouTube series today on distracted driving.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which keeps statistics on distracted driving, characterizes a “distraction” as one of three categories: visual, manual and cognitive.

The number of text messages sent or received in the U.S. was about 196 billion in 2011, up 50 percent from 2009, according to the CDC.

In 2011, there were 3,331 people killed in crashes that involved a distracted driver compared with 3,267 in 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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