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Many motorists dismiss the dangers of texting while driving

What is one of the most common irresponsible driving behaviors in Washington that leads to car accidents? If texting and driving is not your first answer, you might not realize how distracting and dangerous the behavior is. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, distractions cause more than 1,000 motor vehicle collisions and nine fatalities each year. Distractions come in many forms. Eating, grooming, text messaging and pets are among the most common culprits. 

Texting while driving is so common that 45 states in the country have declared it to be unlawful, states Nationwide.com. The consequences of distractions on the road are often catastrophic. Drivers lose valuable reaction time to avoid collisions. They also make the streets more dangerous for motorists who operate their vehicles without the use of distractions. Many of the individuals who are injured each year because of distractions are passengers and drivers of other vehicles. 

It is not hard for drivers to put away their cellphones. Many people believe they can safely use mobile devices and drive safely. Time.com states the “main reason drivers ignore the dangers and continue to use their cellphones while in traffic is they do not believe it is dangerous and that they could crash their vehicles and end up hurt or dead.” Driving is already dangerous a risky task. When motorists read and send text messages, play games on their cellphones and engage in other distractions, they are acting negligently. 

Drivers must recognize the dangers of being distracted when they drive. They should put their cellphones and mobile devices on silent and away, so they focus on traffic and keeping the roads safe.

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