More Americans died last year texting while driving – than have died in the war in Afghanistan.

According to the DOT, 27 percent of distracted drivers in fatal crashes are in their twenties. In 2012, more than 3,000 people were killed in accidents from distractions and about 421,000 people were injured.

“Texting and cell phone use behind the wheel significantly increases a driver’s risk of crashing,” Anthony Foxx, secretary of transportation, said on the website. “Even a single, momentary distraction while driving can cause a lifetime of devastating consequences.”

The deadliest year in Iraq for U.S. troops was 2007, when 904 perished. In Afghanistan, 2010 was the grimmest, with 496 dead. A total of 4,486 U.S. troops were killed in Iraq, including in accidents and other non-hostile events. The toll in Afghanistan stands at 2,315 as of today.

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