UPDATE 1-Distracted driving blamed for 5,800 US deaths

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* Distracted driving cited in 16 pct of all road deaths * Data on cellphones, text messaging limited * Insurance claims for all crashes down (Recasts; adds LaHood, safety group comments) By John Crawley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Wednesday called distracted driving a serious epidemic with more than 5,800 annual U.S. traffic deaths tied to motorists who failed to keep their eyes on the road. LaHood opened a two-day conference exploring research on ...

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