SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – More than 97,000 crashes in Texas last year were caused by distracted driving and TxDOT reports 378 of those collisions resulted in death.
October is National Distracted Driving Awareness month, and AAA Texas is running a campaign with the message,”Don’t Drive Intoxicated. Don’t Drive Intexticated.”
“There is no text message worth reading or sending when injuring or killing someone is the potential cost,”said AAA Texas Spokesman Daniel Armbruster.
Texting, as well as reading or writing an email, is against the law while driving in Texas, but distractions include more than texting. Anything that diverts attention from driving – eating and drinking, adjusting the navigation, or picking your next podcast, talking to other passengers, or talking or texting on the phone—can result in a fatal injury.
Armbruster also warns that hands-free is not risk-free. Even with your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel, you are not safe unless your mind focuses on the drive.
“Looking away from the road for just two seconds doubles the risk of a crash,” said Armbruster.
Here are AAA Texas’ Top Tips to Avoid Distractions While Driving: