Patrol Urges Drivers to Stay Focused

POSTED BY: Jennifer Bullock
Monday, April 9, 2012 - 04:41 PM
Distracted Drivers

The month of April means distracted drivers for the State Highway Patrol...

More drivers are out and about during springtime, and there are more accidents due to distracted driving. Lieutenant Steven Rine said there are three specific ways in which drivers lose focus.

"Visual, in other words, taking your eyes off the road. Manual, you're taking your hands off of the wheel. The third is going to be your cognitive, you're just not thinking, you may be emotionally distracted. We just want you to focus on driving," said Rine.

Between 2009 and 2011, over 31,000 traffic crashes statewide were caused by distraction. Rine said teenagers are easily distracted behind the wheel.

"They're more in touch with technology and their method of communication is primarily texting. So, teens that were surveyed, 40 percent of all teens surveyed said they were in a car with a driver that had, that's been texting while driving."

The patrol is reminding everyone to "buckle up".

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