Police warning about distracted driving

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Local police are sending a warning about distractions behind the wheel.

This after authorities in Warren County say they’re executing search warrants on the cell phone of the teen involved in a deadly car crash.

Sgt. Chris Colbert of Ohio State Highway Patrol Dayton post says it’s as simple as reading a text message, changing the radio station, or setting up your GPS.

You take your eyes off the road for just a few seconds and before you know it: you’ve drifted into the other lane or off the side of the road.

“People aren’t capable of paying attention to multiple things at once,” Colbert said.

“When you’re going 65, 70 miles per hour – you’re eating up a lot of real estate. You’re covering 90 to 100 feet per second. In that time that you’re looking down at your phone or whatever, you’ve covered several hundred feet and bad things can happen very quickly.”

According to AAA: The number of drivers who reported using cellphones behind the wheel has jumped 46% in the past 5 years.

A study by the AAA Foundation found that drivers who talk on a cellphone are up to four times as likely to crash. Those who text are up to eight times as likely.

Authorities say anything that takes your attention off the road should be avoided while you’re driving.
Pull over if you have to – or send that text, or set your GPS before your trip.

“There is nothing that’s coming across your phone that’s worth getting killed over,” Colbert says. “Nothing is that important.”

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