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Phone apps distracting drivers?

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(CNN) -- You've seen the signs on the highway: "Don't text and drive."


Laws ban texting and driving in 46 states -- but advocates against distracted driving say texting and talking on the phone aren't the only problems anymore.
Their latest concern is Pokemon Go.


A police body-cam captured the moment last month, when Baltimore police say a driver playing Pokemon Go crashed into a parked patrol car.

The game is popular, but it's not the problem. It's just the latest app distracting some drivers. Advocates say sometimes it's Snapchat or Twitter; other times it's Google Maps, Spotify, or YouTube.


In one survey of drivers -- sponsored by the national safety council -- 74-percent of them admitted they would use Facebook while driving; 33-percent said they would use Instagram while driving.


Whether it's looking at a phone or eating behind the wheel -- the national highway traffic safety administration says distracted driving accounts for eight deaths and more than one-thousand injuries *every day.*

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