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Dangers of distracted driving


NEW YORK (WKOW) -- According to a study out this week by the National Safety Council, 28 percent of accidents involve talking or texting on cell phones.

A new organization modeled after Mothers Against Drunk Driving is now fighting for cell-free driving.

Elissa Schee is one of the founding members of "Focus Driven," a new group hoping to inspire drivers to put down their cell phones.

Elissa's daughter Margay was just 13-years-old when the driver of tractor trailer hit her school bus and in an instant took her life. The driver told police he was distracted by his cell phone.

Oprah is also trying to give a face to the 6,000 people who lost their lives to distracted driving last year.

Click on the video icon to hear more of Elissa's story and learn why texting isn't just distracting for drivers but also dangerous for pedestrians.

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