Distracted driving a concern for law enforcement

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PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for about five seconds at a speed of 55 miles per hour, long enough to cover a football field. Distracted driving is driving while doing something else that takes your attention away from the road.

Patrolman Steven Owens said along with changing the radio, the biggest distraction is the cell phone.

“To be honest with you, just don’t use your cell phone while your driving,” Owens said. “If it’s an emergency, you know things can be understood. But for the most part, it’s just a habit. Everybody has a bad habit of picking up that phone and looking at it.”

Owens said in the Mountain State, it is illegal to use a cell phone while driving, which can cost drivers at least $100 in fees. He said most cars come with bluetooth capability. If not, it is best to invest.

“It’s an expensive fine and it’s easily preventable,” Owens said. “If you’re taking a phone call, put it on speaker, lay it on your lap, and talk. If you have a car that has bluetooth compatibility, hook it up to your phone and talk through your car.”

Owens said teens and young drivers are most at risk for distracted driving, emphasizing no call or text is worth a wreck.

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