Distracted driving: Growing problem

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- Distracted driving is a growing and serious problem.  These days, we have so many things to distract us inside our cars--cell phones, G-P-S and sometimes DVD players but distracted motorists are involved with 25 percent of all police reported crashes.

Arkansas and Missouri are among the many states that have banned texting behind the wheel.  Many other states have banned the use of cell phones while driving altogether. Some people say those same governments are sending mixed messages.

Jackie Gillan of Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety says the message is simple: Drivers need to keep their eyes on the road, not the keypad.  "I think there is a mixed mesage if governments are putting out real time information and using the technology that in order for the driver to access puts them in danger" adds Gillan.

The transportation department admits to posting tweets alerting drivers of situations like a major road closure but according to Kirk Steudle, Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation  "We want people to look at those messages before they get behind the wheel of their car".

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