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CCPD Investigates Distracted Driving Accident

Destiny Baker2 years ago

Police have cited a motorist for Distracted Driving following a two-vehicle collision last week.

Both Drivers Hospitalized

According to KRIS-TV, the incident occurred on Ayers Street near Holly Road Thursday morning when a silver van drifted into oncoming traffic and struck another vehicle.

Both drivers were transported to the hospital for treatment – one of the drivers was complaining of chest pains.

Authorities said the driver of the van was on his phone when the accident occurred. He was cited for Distracted Driving and for Failing to Maintain his Lane.

Distracted Driving Statistics

The following information was provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation:

  • In 2012 3,328 people were killed and 421,000 people were injured in auto accidents involving a distracted driver.
  • It is estimated that distracted driving is a contributing factor in 10 percent of all fatal crashes involving drivers under the age of 20.
  • Drivers in their 20s are responsible for 27 percent of all fatal distracted driving crashes.
  • On average, a driver’s eyes are off the road for five seconds when texting. When traveling at 55 mph, a car will travel the length of a football field with five seconds.
  • 25 percent of teens respond to at least one text every time they drive.

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