More California drivers talking, texting on cellphones, says report

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The number of drivers talking or texting while driving has jumped up 39 percent in the last year, according to a new report. (KABC)

The number of drivers talking or texting while driving has jumped up 39 percent in the last year, according to a new report.

In an annual study, the California Highway Patrol and the Office of Traffic Safety found nearly 10 percent of motorists were spotted using their cellphones while driving. Of that number, just 3 percent were talking on a hands-free device, which is legal.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 80 percent of vehicle crashes involve distracted drivers. Nearly 3,000 people were killed in 2014.

Watch Leanne Suter's report on Eyewitness News at 6 p.m. above.

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