· Cell phone use accounts for 2,600 vehicle fatalities and 300,000 collisions annually nationwide.

· Risk of collision increases by up to 400 percent when talking or texting on a cell phone while driving.

· You can reduce your risk. Before you drive, turn your cell phone off. Let voicemail capture your messages, both voice and text. Pick up your messages later, once you've completed your journey. If you have to call or text, pull off the road safely and stop.

-- American Automobile Association