April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month

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Valley News - Health
Fire Chief Sam DiGiovannaSpecial to Valley NewsYou’ve seen it, and you’ve likely even done it. They’ve drifted into your lane, driven right through red lights, blown past you in a hurry only to sit when the light turns green because they’re now texting and distracted. They injure or kill thousands annually.At any given daylight hour there are over 700,000 drivers using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices in this country. Over one third of drivers admit to texting and driving and three quarters said they regularly see or encounter others doing it.Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.Most drivers use smartphones. Unfort
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