Drivers urged to put down the distractions

Posted at 9:20 AM, Apr 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-20 12:20:37-04

The Arizona Department of Transportation is reminding drivers this month to "just drive." April is National Distracted Driving Month and the message for drivers is to put down any distractions while behind the wheel.

In 2015, nearly 8,000 distracted drivers were involved in crashes on Arizona roadways, and at least 36 people were killed because of distracted driving.

ADOT collected data that also shows that young drivers (ages 16-24) engage in distracted driving at higher rates than older drivers, accounting for a third of all drivers engaging in distracting behavior that caused a crash.

A distracted driver is also four times more likely to cause a crash. 

How you can avoid distracted driving is quite simple: just drive. Put the phone, food, makeup, GPS, or whatever it is down, and focus on the road.

Don't multi-task, "just drive."