Last week, we updated our yearly report on “The Saga of young Joe,” a 24-year-old who lost his life in an alcohol related single car accident in his 1968 AMC Javelin AMX.

This week, we follow up with how Joe also became a statistic in the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) group of fatalities filed under “distracted driving.” Because Joe was answering his smart phone when he was unable to negotiate a sharp curve at high speed, he adds to the distracted driving category of accidents that has grown to over 20-percent of all accidents reported, both fatal and non-fatal. Sadly, these numbers are rising as the youth demographic, already addicted to texting and cell phone use, receive their driver licenses each and every year.

Greg Zyla is a syndicated automotive columnist. He welcomes reader questions and comments on collector cars and auto nostalgia at 303 Roosevelt St., Sayre, Pa. 18840 or email at greg@gregzyla.com.

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