DPS Troopers See More Distracted Drivers

Published 08/21 2012 05:49PM

Updated 08/22 2012 01:11PM

"You're looking down, driving down the highway at 70 miles an hour, not paying attention to the roadway in front of you," Explains Texas Department of Public Safety Sergeant Larry Adams.

Sergeant Adams sees it all too often.

"They said they were trying to text a family member about a time they were going to arrive at their destination," Adams explains.

Distracted drivers, typing what may be a small text message, but still taking a huge risk.

"Traffic had slowed down in front, and because they were looking down at their cell phone they never even hit the breaks," Adams said.

It's accidents like these taking the lives of 5,000 people each year.

"It's becoming more and more of an issue because there's more motorists on the road every year," Adams says.

And for a state trooper responding to a crash- it's a devastating realization.

"You know, troopers who go to these fatality crashes, it's hard enough to work those. And then after the fact, they have to follow up with the family members," Adams said.

30 ban texting and driving and so far, Texas is not one of them.
So Sergeant Adams says talk to your kids, your friends, and set a good example behind the wheel.

"If you're going to have this cell phone be responsible with it. Don't use it while you're driving, pull over," Adams said.

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