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Beware of DD’s—Distracted Drivers
Posted By Julie Lee On August 29, 2011 @ 10:00 am In Home & Family | Comments Disabled
Drivers these days seem to be concerned with just about everything but driving. How many times have you wondered why the car in front of you is swerving, only to find out later that the person was on his or her cell phone? How about the woman in front of you at a red light putting on makeup? Or even the person with a coffee in one hand, navigating the GPS with the other hand, all while having a conversation with a passenger and steering with his or her knee?
Distracted driving is all over the news these days—and not for a good reason. In 2009, 20 percent of injury crashes involved reports of distracted driving (USDOT ).
To combat one major contributor of distracted driving, more and more states are passing laws that prohibit the use of handheld cell phones while driving. In most of these states an officer can cite you for using a handheld cell phone without any other traffic offense taking place. Also, over 30 states have banned text messaging for drivers.
Use these five tips to stay safe and avoid distractions while driving:
Do you have any other tips for us? How do you handle the distractions that come with driving? What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen someone do on the road?
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