Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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April is distracted driving awareness month and we want to remind all of our views about the dangers of distracted driving.

Here at okay driving school Mike Duncan treats his classroom like the car.

"Turn your cell phones off and put them in the basket up front," said Duncan.

"We really touch on distracted driving quite a bit. Cell phones for kids the first year they cannot have it in the car they cannot have it on," said Duncan.

But statistics show so many young drivers don't always listen to the rules.

"We still see kids that after they've had a year or so without that cell phone they come up here dropping off other kids and they're on their cell phones," said Duncan.

According to distracteddriving.gov, five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that's enough time to cover the length of a football field.

The state population grows by nearly a thousand people every day. And each day more and more young drivers hit the road for the first time.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found hand held phones are used the most among 16 to 24-year-olds. It said one in five crashes in Texas are caused by a distracted driver.

Distracted drivers killed 459 Texans last year.

Duncan said he does not see young drivers putting their phones down any time soon.

"It needs to be a law that's the only way it's going to stop them from touching that phone," said Duncan.

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