Distracted driving causes 70 deaths in MN each year

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Eric Krogseng, of Minneapolis, drives off the road while texting during a study about distracted driving.
Jennifer Simonson | MPR News 2014

Vijay Dixit lost his teenage daughter in a distracted driving accident in 2007. Shreya Dixit was killed by a driver who lost control of her car while searching the backseat for a napkin.

Minnesota's Office of Traffic Safety estimates that one in four crashes in Minnesota are caused by distracted or inattentive drivers.

Dixit joined the program and talked about his work to prevent distracted driving tragedies and is the author of "One Split Second: The Distracted Driving Epidemic—How It Kills and How We Can Fix It."

Later in the hour, Minnesota State Patrol Chief Matt Langer talked about efforts to crackdown on texting while driving.

To hear the full segment, use the audio player above.

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