EXCLUSIVE: Distracted driving becoming big problem on Valley freeways

Posted at 7:07 PM, Mar 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-10 21:07:09-05

A wild, chain reaction crash captured by a long-haul trucker on Interstate 10 showed how quickly a drive can spiral out of control on Valley freeways.

“What it is, is people are distracted or they're following their vehicles too close,” said Frank Ruiz-Gambino, who had his dash cam rolling when the crash happened near Ray Road.

Gambino may have a point with distracted driving.

The Arizona Department of Public safety let ABC15 tag along for a ride looking at the worst habits of Valley drivers.

“Driving distracted, speed, following distance, unsafe lane usage (swerving) and general lack of courtesy toward one another on the roadway,” said Raul Garcia, a spokesperson for DPS. “What a driver should think about more than anything is, ‘can I see around this driver out in front of me,”’ said Garcia. 

The faster you go, the further you should follow – anywhere from two to four seconds behind the car in front.