A Better Region 8: Drive safe, not distracted

A Better Region 8: Drive safe, not distracted

It's something all of us done, even me. We stop at a red light and pick up our phone.

Then, whatever was so important isn't over when the light turns green.

We continue trying to text or pay attention to something on social media instead of being a responsible driver.

And, just like that, we are putting other people and ourselves in serious danger.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, at 55 miles per hour, the average text takes your eyes off the road long enough to cover a football field.

Add to that summer is here, there are more young people on the roads and kids playing in our neighborhoods.

Weigh the gain of a text or a social media update with the potential of loss of life, and it's easy to see what we all need to do about it.

Country music singer Kenny Chesney put it so well when he said: "My mind is constantly going. For me to completely relax, I gotta get rid of my cell phone."

Use your time in the car to turn off your phone and be in the moment.

It will help you relax and make you a safer, more focused driver.

It will also set an example for the people around you, and will go a long way to making this A Better Region 8.

- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager

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