Big Bear Lake, CA, April 6, 2012, noon – In 2010, the number of traffic fatalities in California dropped to the lowest level since 1944. The success can be attributed in part to safety improvements on highways made by Caltrans, along with safety programs like Slow for the Cone Zone and Safe Routes to Schools. April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month, a critical time to reflect upon the consequences of distractions when you’re behind the wheel, especially the dangers of texting and driving. While the decline in traffic related deaths is good news, the Texting Awareness Foundation (TAF), a national non-profit organization dedicated to education and advocacy to stop texting and driving, wants to remind everyone that texting while driving is the number one killer of teenagers. When a driver is texting, steering capability decreases by 91%. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 6,000 deaths and a half a million injuries are caused by distracted drivers every year.

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