txt now, pay l8tr: Crashes blamed on phones, inexperience


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Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Southbound traffic on Interstate 65 stops after a motorcycle wreck last year. The 2012 Annual Traffic and Safety Report found that the number of teen drivers involved in wrecks in Jackson County is 20 percent higher than the state average.


Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Officer Jason Wynn with Seymour Police Department makes marks on pavement at the scene of a three-vehicle wreck on Tipton Street on the west side of Seymour last year. The 2012 Annual Traffic and Safety Report found that the number of teen drivers involved in wrecks in Jackson County is 20 percent higher than the state average.


Inexperienced driving and texting make for a bad and sometimes fatal mix, especially with teen drivers.

Texting and a lack of experience behind the wheel are among reasons why the 2012 Annual Traffic and Safety Report found teen driving collisions in Jackson County to be higher than the state average, officials said.

The report, released by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, highlights traffic safety trends.

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