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Distractions add up and increase the risk of a crash

All it takes is one second for a driver to take their eyes off of the road and their mind off of the task at hand to cause an accident. Reaching for a cellphone, looking down to send a text message and paying more attention to the passengers in the car than the other vehicles on the road are all causes of accidents. And, combining a number of these distractions only increases the chance for a collision.

Recently, high school students attended a presentation to learn about the dangers of distracted driving. The presentation was a little more than a month after a 16-year-old was killed after she was driving and unexplainably crossed the center line and crashed into a truck.

Even earlier this week, three people were also injured when a woman went to reach for a cellphone while driving. She ended up crossing into oncoming traffic and crashing into a van head-on. Two people inside that van, as well as the woman, were all taken to the hospital with injuries.

At the presentation, facts and figures were given to the teen drivers to really drive home the point that not only are distractions dangerous, but that the more distractions going on at once, the greater the chance of getting into an accident.

For example, a person who is driving with three other passengers in their vehicle at night is three times more likely to get into an accident. Add to this people eating in the car and music blaring, and the chances of getting into a crash increase even more.

However, it doesn't have to be a number of distractions, as even just reaching for a cellphone increases the odds of getting into an accident by nine times.

When looking at this information, considering the fact that car accidents are the No. 1 cause of death for teenagers, the hope is that more drivers will start to realize just how dangerous distracted driving is, both for themselves, and for others on the road.


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