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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – As the new school year kicks into gear, we have a warning from a child advocacy group — remind your child not to use their cell phone while crossing the street.

Kate Carr with Safe Kids Worldwide says nationally one out of every five high school students are either talking or texting on their cell phone when crossing at an intersection. The number drops to one out of every eight middle school students.

“Texting, headphones, and chatting on the phone are the three big ones we worry about,” said. Carr.

In Missouri, there were 29 pedestrian fatalities among teens over the past 5 years. In Illinois, there were 41.

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