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Cracking down on distracted driving

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Posted: Jan 16, 2013 5:32 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Jan 16, 2013 5:32 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: WBRZ, Texting, Driving, Cellcontrol, distracted driving, accident

DENHAM SPRINGS - Distracted driving kills thousands of people a year. Yesterday, it took the life of an 83-year-old Denham Springs woman.

She was struck by a driver who ran a stop sign. Louisiana State Police say the driver was distracted by his GPS device.

"We would just like to take this opportunity to remind drivers of the dangers of distracted driving," said LSP Trooper Jared Sandifer. "This is just an example of how deadly it can be."

Texting, talking on the phone, eating and applying makeup are all distracted driving problems. Texting requires visual, manual and cognitive attention, making it the most distracting of all.

"That is dangerous, very dangerous," said driver Tamika Williams. "You could kill someone, or even yourself."

Louisiana is one of 39 states that ban texting while driving. Still, cell phone use remains a big distraction, and police say they will write tickets to drivers they see texting while driving.

Cellcontrol, a company in Baton Rouge may have a solution to prevent people from texting while driving.

"It's just too much of a temptation when they're driving to just leave the phone down and wait until they get to their destination," explains Vice President of Cellcontrol Engineering Chad Kennedy.

The device, sold at Walmart, monitors your phone usage and car's motion. When the vehicle is stationary, the phone will operate normally. As the vehicle moves, a block will be placed on your phone, preventing the driver from a distraction.

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