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Texting driver sustains serious injuries

Posted on Jan 22, 2010

A young man from Liburn was seriously injured after crashing his car into a telephone pole while text messaging with a friend.
The accident occurred on Friday, January 22 near the intersection of Arcado Road and Wayside Court in Liburn. Nineteen-year-old Soheb Roy sustained head trauma after crashing his Acura into the pole. The impact was strong enough to break the pole in two and total the Acura. The road was blocked for most of the day.
Roy was taken to Gwinett Health Center where he is in serious but stable condition.
Neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor in the crash, but police plan to charge Roy with improper use of a cell phone.
Twenty-one percent of all drivers admit to texting while driving; however, more than half of drivers between 16 and 24 years of age admit to texting while driving.  
A recent study found that drivers who are texting are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident than drivers who are not texting. An accurate count of accidents caused by drivers who are texting is not available, but the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 80% of accidents are caused by driver distraction.
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