Department of Public Safety releases distracted-driving numbers

Startling numbers were released Friday regarding distracted driving and the effects it has had on Arizona roadways this year.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, data collection began in late November 2013 and continued until April 1. They found that within that time period, 10 people had been killed and 380 were injured as a result of distracted drivers.

DPS is actively working toward curbing distracted driving because despite the number of injuries and fatalities, general distraction-caused accident numbers were high.

In the same time period, overall there were 1,163 accidents with the sole cause being distraction.

"Outside distractions" were among the most common, leaving "reaching for objects" as the second highest cause of distraction. Following were cell phone usage distractions.

DPS reportedly studied crash numbers for five days in mid-April. They found that 24 percent of accidents were caused by "outside distractions," 17 percent were caused by cell phones and 10 percent were caused by others in the vehicle.

DPS says they will continue to enforce laws that keep drivers safe and encourage drivers and passengers to be responsible, pay attention and be safe.




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