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Distraction, drinking among causes for high traffic death toll

CHICAGO - The traffic death toll in Chicago is growing, and the national count remains at historic highs, despite new car safety technology.

That means it's past time to slow down, stay sober and stop trying to multitask while you drive, according to traffic safety experts.

"We're really treading water in terms of roadway safety, which is unfortunate" said Kenneth Kolosh, manager of statistics for the National Safety Council, a safety advocacy organization based in Itasca. "We'd like to see actually very large decreases."

Safety improvements to cars, like crash-avoidance technology, "really haven't moved the needle," Kolosh said. He cited a host of factors

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