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CDC: Nearly 70% of drivers use cell phones in cars

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A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found most drivers do take part in a dangerous distraction -- talking on the cell phone while operating a vehicle.

While it is not illegal to talk on the phone and drive, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention considers it dangerously distracting. In Minnesota, texting behind the wheel is prohibited -- but even though many deny texting, talking or e-mailing from the driver's seat, FOX 9 footage proves many still do.

"You can't be driving two tons of steel not looking where you're going I mean that's just plain stupid," said Jon Cummings of Minnesotans for Safe Driving.

While that's not an adjective anyone wants attributed to them, just a couple of hours on Minneapolis roads make it clear that if driver's aren't stupid, they're often careless.

"You see it so often, and people are connected to their phones everywhere they are," said Jennifer Meyer.

According to the CDC study, 31 percent of U.S. drivers send texts and e-mails while driving -- and that means they're not totally focused on the road.

"Most of the time, they're not really paying attention and their lack of judgment is pretty bad," noted Sam Khom.

Especially at high speeds, taking a glance down to type or pick up an incoming call could quickly create a catastrophe.

"You only have to miss once, just one time, and your whole world will change overnight," warned Cummings.

From what photojournalist Josh Grenier captured on camera, it's clear that drivers still need to ditch selfish and irresponsible habits on the road.

"Not just for yourself and people that are in your vehicle, but other vehicles as well. One small mistake can mean a really dangerous accident that can cause a lot of trouble. I can't imagine a text or a phone call being worth that," said Meyer.

It's estimated that 24 percent of all accidents involve phones in some way.

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