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October 7, 2020 — AAA Oklahoma urges all drivers to stop driving “Intexticated”, pay attention and focus on the road during this National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and all year long. Last year in Oklahoma, 8,646 crashes involved distracted driving. Forty people died as a result and another 202 were seriously injured, according to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office. Looking away from the road for just two seconds doubles the risk of a crash, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
“Focused drivers save lives,” said Leslie Gamble, AAA Oklahoma spokeswoman. “There is no text message worth reading or sending when injuring or killing someone is the potential cost.”
Nationwide, nearly 3,000 people are killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, contributing to the 36,560 lives lost to crashes on U.S. roadways in 2018. Distractions include more than texting. Anything that diverts attention from driving – eating and drinking, adjusting the navigation, or picking your next podcast, talking to other passengers, or talking or texting on the phone—can result in a fatal injury.
Despite what some drivers may think, hands-free is not risk-free. Even with your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel, you are not safe unless your mind focuses on driving.
AAA’s on-going “Don’t Drive Intoxicated. Don’t Drive Intexticated.” campaign aims to make distracted driving socially unacceptable, much like drinking and driving. It was launched in Oklahoma and several other states last year as AAA continues its longstanding efforts to improve road, vehicle and driver safety.
“We recognize that changing attitudes and behaviors when it comes to distracted driving will take time and a true commitment from all road users,” Gamble added.
AAA supports legislation to strengthen Oklahoma’s law prohibiting texting while driving, extending it to any use of a mobile device while driving.
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