Distracted driving crashes on the rise

Distracted driving crashes on the rise

However, she warns everyone that when you're driving, your focus should be on the road.

Put away the phone - or turn it off - before getting behind the wheel. The bucket truck effort alone on Wednesday netted 26 violators of which 14 were for distracted driving and several for seatbelts.

Lt. Kraig Gray said that with the prevalence of social media, and so many people flouting distracted driving laws, might have resulted in normalizing of the behavior.

Although Connecticut crash stats under-report the true number of distracted driving crashes, available data show about 7% of crashes in the two plus years since 2015 have been attributed to some form of driver distraction in the state of Connecticut. This is a 9 percent increase in fatalities as compared to the previous year.

"Just a simple text, that five to ten seconds you're looking down at the phone to send that text, that's a time a child can run out in front of you", said Corporal Eric Henry with the Mississippi Highway Patrol. Those crashes killed 452 people and seriously injured another 3,068.

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While mobile phone use is the most recognizable driving distraction, other high-risk activities that can take your eyes or mind off the road include adjusting a music player, grooming, eating or programming a navigation system.

Smyth said that Snapchat took down one of the features of their app because people were videotaping their own crashes.

CHP has begun a major crackdown for those texting and driving. It can wait. It's unsafe.

Until then, TXDOT advises to pull over to a safe location if you must talk or text. Texting and driving in a work zone? When you text and drive, you are a danger to everyone around you.

If you get caught you could pay some hefty fines.

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