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Govt: Nearly 6,000 deaths from driver distraction

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government says nearly 6,000 people were killed and a half-million injured last year in vehicle crashes connected to driver distraction.

The report comes as the Obama administration holds a two-day meeting on driver distraction that could lead to new restrictions on using mobile devices while driving.

The Transportation Department says 5,870 people were killed and 515,000 were injured in 2008 in crashes where at least one form of driver distraction was reported.

Driver distraction was involved in 16 percent of all fatal crashes in 2008 and was prevalent among drivers under 20 years old.

A group of experts is meeting to discuss ways of addressing the roadway hazards. The government may recommend new restrictions to address driver distraction.

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