Driving Distractions

By: Erica Hurtt
By: Erica Hurtt

We seem to do a lot more when we're behind the wheel than just drive. That's according to a study released Wednesday by AAA. Plenty of stateline drivers fall victim to driving distractions.

Waiting at a major intersection in Rockford, it doesn't take long to find drivers doing more behind the wheel than operating a vehicle.

When asked, “What have you seen?” The replies have been:

"Just about everything. People reading newspapers, having a beverage, eating breakfast or lunch,” says James Lundgren.

"I saw someone putting on makeup while they were driving and we were at a stoplight and they were checking to see if the light would change and putting on the mascara at the same time," Caleda Rodriquez says.

The AAA study found almost everyone fiddles with the radio. Ninety-seven percent of drivers admit to leaning over to pick up something, 71 percent say they eat and drive and 16 percent say they talk on cell phones and drive.

States don't keep statistics on whether distractions contribute to crashes. Stateliners have seen their share of scary driving and hope drivers will put the brakes on and pull off before driving distracted.

Some other interesting numbers, 45 percent of drivers groom themselves behind the wheel, 40 percent say they read or write while driving and 44 percent deal with passengers, especially children.

The federal government and Governor's Highway Safety Association have asked states to start recording whether distraction played a role in accidents.


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