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Drivers warned to steer clear of distractions

By Kirk Noonan (6/27/04)

Recently, on Interstate 80 in Northern California, a car swerved in and out of its lane. Shon Remington, a California Highway Patrol officer, pulled the car over thinking the driver was intoxicated. But after talking to the driver, Remington determined it was the half-eaten hamburger in the driver’s hand that caused the erratic driving.

“Driving while distracted is dangerous,” says Remington, 37, who attends Sunset Christian Center, an Assemblies of God church in Rocklin, Calif. “Accidents can happen in a split second.”

Last year, distracted, sleepy, reckless and drunken drivers helped push fatalities on the nation’s highways to more than 43,000. Driver distractions and inattentive driving play a part in one out of four motor vehicle crashes, experts believe.

Many people assume that talking on a cell phone is the most common distraction, but there are several other equally dangerous distractions, including tuning the radio, choosing a compact disc, looking in a vanity mirror, reaching for something on the floor, taking in the scenery, talking to other passengers, eating, drinking, writing and reading.

“Even if a distracted driver is not injured in an accident he might injure or kill others,” Remington says. “If that happens the driver is going to have to deal with that guilt along with any financial or legal issues he might face.”

Taking simple precautions could save lives. Experts recommend that drivers do the following:

• Buckle up.
• Limit conversation with others.
• Concentrate on driving.
• Stay alert.
• Keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you.
• Pull over to a safe place to eat or to interact with others (including when on a cell phone).

According to the National Highway Traffic Association, vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in the United States.


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