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December 6, 2006 at 2:02 PM

Mercer Island man caught DWB

As in Driving While Blackberrying. He rear-ended the car in front of him Tuesday, setting off a small chain reaction that didn’t injure anyone seriously.

Cellphones and other devices don’t play as big a role as one might think in local traffic accidents, however. According to our story, drunken driving, fast speeds and drugs play a part in 93.5 percent of all collisions in Washington.

The remaining 6.5 percent results from other causes. No. 5 on that list is talking on a cellphone or using a BlackBerry. Using a hands-free device on a cellphone is No. 10, and operating a laptop is No. 11.

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