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At the midpoint of the year, there have been 58,103 crashes statewide, with 29,871 injuries and 378 deaths, according to preliminary Department of Motor Vehicle figures. Those numbers are down across the board compared with the same period last year (63,796 crashes, 32,442 injuries, 399 deaths).

Here is a breakdown regarding the primary culprits in serious crashes so far this year:

Speeding: 11,415 crashes; 6,216 injuries; 161 deaths.

Distracted driving: 10,653 crashes; 5,934 injuries; 48 deaths.

Alcohol-related: 3,246 crashes; 1,990 injuries; 67 deaths.

Driver distraction comes in many flavors, such as fiddling with the radio, talking to passengers, eating, reading and, yes, cellphones. Tracking cellphone distractions proves difficult, but DMV is trying to account for this specific form of distraction with its own categories.

So far this year, cellphone-using drivers have been involved in 756 crashes, which caused 417 injuries and five deaths, according to DMV. The figures on texting-related incidents show there have been 72 crashes, 30 injuries and one death.

Scott Shenk: 540/374-5436 sshenk@freelancestar.com

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