Jul 5, 2013 at 7:04 am
ST. PAUL, Minn (KNSI) – Drivers are being reminded of the dangers of distractions behind the wheel as the long holiday weekend continues.
Texting is a major distraction, but State Patrol Lieutennat Eric Roeske says hands free phones can also be just as dangerous. Roeske said it is all about maintaining conscentration on the task at hand, namely...driving.
"Studies show that cognitive distraction can be just as dangerous, whether that be talking on a cell phone even if it's hands-free, daydreaming, a lack of focus behind the wheel," Roeske said. "It can be just as dangerous or deadly as those manual distractions."
Along with distracted driving, impaired driving is a concern for the state patrol around any holiday weekend.
"Make arrangements ahead of time for a safe ride home. Get a designated driver. Plan on using public transportation, if that's available, or finding a place to stay," Roeske said.
Each year in Minnesota there are an average of 70 deaths and 350 serious injuries from crashes in which distracted or inattentive driving is a factor.
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