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Fourth of July is the deadliest day on the road

  |   June 26, 2013 at 10:09 PM
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NORTHBROOK, Ill., June 26 (UPI) -- The Fourth of July is the deadliest day on U.S. roads, killing an average of 135 people each year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says.

Sanjay Gupta, executive vice president of marketing, innovation and corporate relations at Allstate, said car crashes are the No. 1 cause of death for everyone ages 1-34, but teens crash four times more often than any other age group.

Teens accounted for 6 percent of the driving fatalities on July 4 but continue to be particularly susceptible to distracted driving incidents. The Allstate Foundation found 75 percent of teens said reading and responding to texts is distracting behind-the-wheel, up from 49 percent in 2009.

"Putting down the phone, never texting while driving and always wearing a safety belt can help make sure that everyone returns home safely after their Independence Day celebrations," Gupta said in a statement. "It's great to see that teens are evolving in their behavior and perceptions around texting, but our research still found that 39 percent of teen drivers admit to texting behind the wheel and 6 percent said they do it a lot."

Parents should be positive role models when they're behind the wheel, Gupta said.

All drivers -- parents and children together -- can pledge not to text and drive, and help reduce distracted driving deaths and injuries at www.facebook.com/XtheTXT.

No survey details were provided.

Topics: Sanjay Gupta
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