Texting: Just One Facet of Distracted Driving


In 2011, the number of distraction related vehicular accidents, including texting and driving, doubled that of alcohol related accidents.

This dangerous behavior is becoming more and more common, and it's not just teens who do it either. And now law enforcement view it as a secondary offense.

Officials say distracted driving affects anyone behind the wheel.

"There are so many other things that distract our driving anyway," said KPD's Officer Boyd Weller. "Just adding one more of texting and driving, using your cell phone, or any type of mobile device just adds to it, the dangers of driving."

"We multi–task so much. None of us can focus on just one task at hand. We're not only driving down the road but we're calling our daycare to say we're on the way, we're sending text messages to our spouse saying what do you want for dinner,"said UNK Safety Center's Cynthia Houlden. "We're thinking about what do we need to do tonight or what's going on with our day, we've got so much going on it just distracts us."

Officials urge drivers to either shut off or hide phones away while driving, or safely pull over and stop if you do need to check your phone.