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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 1/29/2010 

 Distracted Driving Can Be Deadly 

The words distracted and driving just don’t go together.   For example, the definition of distracted is having attention diverted.  The definition of driving is the controlled operation of a vehicle.  See?

Distracted drivers are responsible for a large number of deaths and injuries as a result of being distracted.  According to the US Department of Transportation, “In 2008, 5,870 people lost their lives and an estimated 515,000 people were injured in police-reported crashes in which at least one form of driver distraction was reported on the police crash report.”     

And new studies indicate that someone using their cell phone while driving, even if it is hands-free; delay a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. (Source: University of Utah) 

In 2009, Polk County Sheriff’s Office traffic deputies worked 38 different crashes in which Distracted Driving played a role.

“Responsibility is a critical part of your driver’s license,” said Sheriff Grady Judd.  “Disregarding that responsibility by being distracted can cost you your life, or the life of someone you love.  Don’t be distracted; focus on safety.”

For more information on Traffic Safety, please contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit at 863.534.6677.