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Traffic Talk: Distracted driving can lead to disastrous consequences

Don Gammill: Anything you can think of that takes the driver's attention away from the road can lead to danger and often sad results.
By DON GAMMILL, Published: February 11, 2013

A 2-year-old girl in the back seat had internal injuries and was hospitalized. Her 4-year-old brother suffered head and internal injuries and was taken by helicopter to a hospital in a nearby large city.

All because of an argument over a radio station. All because, for just a second, the driver took his focus off the road.

Texting debate

Debate continues throughout the country on whether texting while driving should be outlawed.

Meanwhile, one thing is sure. The number of accidents attributed to texting while behind the steering wheel continues to increase.

Local, state and national safety officials, citing results of traffic investigators' numbers, are increasing their lobbying for new, stronger laws to curb this situation.

But texting is only one example of distracted driving.

There are many — from reaching for something in the vehicle, to checking one's appearance in the mirror, to conversations — or confrontations — with passengers, to ... well, you name it. And all carry the potential to injure or kill.

By the way ...

Think about how you manage your driving responsibilities.

If you're not focused on the road, now is a good time to change your actions.

Enjoy your week and drive safely.


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