Tenn. leads nation with fatal crashes involving cell phones

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With reports of distracted driving crashes on the rise around the country, Tennessee is leading the nation in the number of fatal crashes involving cell phones.

It's not hard to spot, and we all see it just about every day- drivers spending more time looking at cell phones than the road.

The results, however, can be deadly.

According to the National Safety Council, at least 1.6 million crashes each year involve drivers using cell phones.

However bad the numbers are nationally, the statistics in Tennessee are staggering.

In 2011, Tennessee reported the highest number of fatal crashes involving cell phones, at 93.

That's 55 more than the next highest state, Texas.

It's estimated that those numbers are low, as many cell phone-related crashes go unreported.

In 2009, Tennessee passed a law making it illegal for drivers to text and drive.

The action is considered a nonmoving traffic violation and violators can be fined $50.

Tennessee was the tenth state to outlaw texting while driving.

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