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People admit to more distracted driving despite dangers

California motorists may be more likely to use their cellphones than in previous years. A study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that since 2013, the number of drivers who said they used their cellphones either fairly often or regularly went up almost 50 percent. However, almost 90 percent said they believed distracted driving was serious in the same way as actions like drunk driving and that it was on the rise.

Sleepy drivers the subject of new AAA study

Though drivers in California are probably aware that drowsy driving is a danger, they may not know that the less sleep people get, the more their behavior behind the wheel can mimic those of drunk drivers. Fatigue is an especially recurrent factor in transit accidents as bus and taxi drivers and train conductors may become overworked.

A deadly mix: Rain and fog on California roads

It is still one of the most horrific, deadliest multi-vehicle wrecks in California highway history. As winter drew near in November of 2007, more than 108 cars, trucks and motorcycles piled into each other on a stretch of Highway 99, south of Fresno. Two people died and 41 more were treated for injuries at the scene or in local hospitals as the result of the carnage. While it was eventually determined that a drunk driver started the crash, it was a heavy mixture of winter rain and dense fog that was to blame for so many drivers getting involved. Even while firefighers and rescue workers arrived at the front of the scene, they could hear more cars crash into the rear ends of other vehicles, nearly a quarter mile away.

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