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Distracted driving caused by #stupidcombos, say police

09/19/2013 12:33 EDT | Updated 11/18/2013 05:12 EST
Texting and driving is a stupid combination, and now Vancouver Police are using a social media campaign called #stupidcombos to get the public to focus on the roads instead of their smartphones.

But as the CBC's Theresa Lalonde found out, the humourous campaign has a serious point.

6 facts about distracted driving:

- Distracted driving is the third leading cause of motor vehicle fatalities in B.C., behind impaired driving and speeding.

- Distracted driving is the cause of 25% of fatal car crashes involving youth aged 16 to 21 years old.

- Every year, on average, 31 people die in the Lower Mainland in distracted driving related crashes.

- 800 distracted driving tickets are written each month in Vancouver.

- Texting while driving makes a collision 23 times more likely to happen.

- Talking on a cell phone makes a collision four times more likely to happen.

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