Distracted Driving Responsible For Surge In Highway Fatalities02:42
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A driver uses a phone while behind the wheel of a car in New York in April 2016. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A driver uses a phone while behind the wheel of a car in New York in April 2016. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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The number of highway fatalities jumped by the largest annual percentage in 50 years last year. So far, the first six months of 2016 appear to be worse. Safety experts blame distracted driving for the increase.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with Jacob Nelson, AAA's director of traffic safety advocacy and research, about the problem.

This segment aired on November 16, 2016.

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