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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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MARYSVILLE — The Marysville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to keep their eyes on the roadway and focus on the roadway while driving during National Distracted Driver Awareness Month.

Last year in the United States, 3,331 people were killed and 387,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver, according to the National Highway Safety Administration.

Distracted driving is any non-driving activity a person engages in that has potential to distract him or her from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing.

Distractions can be visual: taking eyes off the road; manual: taking hands off the wheel; or cognitive: taking the mind off driving.

Texting while driving is an example that results in all three types of distraction.

Sending or receiving a text message takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent at 55 mph of driving the length of an entire football field.

“Every time someone takes their eyes or their focus off the road, even for just a few seconds, they put their lives and the lives of others in danger,” said Lt. Ron Raines, commander of the Marysville Post.

“Distracted driving is unsafe, irresponsible and in a split second, its consequences can be devastating.”

For more distracted driving facts, visit statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/Distracted_Driving_Bulletin_2013.pdf

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