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Drivers talk and text themselves into a jam

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Cars traveling southbound on the F.D.R. Drive in New York City during rush hour traffic on a recent afternoon. Drivers who use their cell phones increase traffic congestion because of slower reaction times behind the wheel, according to a 2008 study conducted by the University of Utah. (Photo by Yoree Koh/CNS)

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These days it’s not just fender benders and near collisions that have motorists enraged with those who dial and drive. Chatty drivers are blamed for slow-moving traffic too.