WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The number of people killed in crashes connected to driver distraction fell in 2009 but still remain an epidemic.
The Transportation Department says 5,474 people were killed in 2009 in crashes reported to have involved distracted driving, a six percent decline from the more than 5,800 people killed in 2008.
Distraction-related deaths accounted for 16 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2009, the same percentage as in 2008.
Transportation officials say the problem is still an epidemic, even though number is declining.
The Transportation Department is kicking off a second summit on distracted driving Tuesday.
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