BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - There is a new warning about texting and driving, spelled out in a first of it's kind study in Kern County.
Kern Medical Center and the Coroner's Office evaluated nearly 700 traffic related deaths over the last four years.
It found 45 percent of those deaths involved texting while speeding.
It also said out of 700 traffic related deaths, half of those killed were texting the moment before the crash.
A majority of the victims in those traffic deaths were men and those under the age of 40.