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The increasing necessity of staying constantly connected is not only driving up blood pressure but also the incidence of road accidents. A lull at a traffic light is no longer a time to perhaps exhale or change the radio station but is rather an opportunity to check text messages or surf the Web.

A recent online study conducted by Manchester, U.K.-based Swinton Car Insurance pointed to smart phone adoption as a cause of the escalating number of people using cell phones while driving. To evaluate the prevalence of smart phone-related distractions, Swinton surveyed 1,200 respondents, 52 percent of whom admitted to exercising little willpower when confronted with the ping of their cell phones while operating a vehicle.

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