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Don't be a distracted driver

"Distracted driving" seems to be reaching epidemic levels. And it's not just the texting while driving that we hear so much about, but the Facebooking, Snapchatting, Twittering, Pinteresting, and Vining that must be attended to every moment of the day. Far too many people, young and old alike, seem more interested in what's on their gadget at a particular moment than who is walking across the street in front of them.

There may not always be an injury resulting from an incident of distracted driving, but there are close calls every day.

The following clip shows the moments after a car collided head-on with a curb at a busy local intersection, right as students were heading to the bus stop. Clearly I didn't capture the actual crash or what led up to it, but I can tell you firsthand that the driver was looking down at something in his/her lap as he/she was turning left on a green arrow. If there were children crossing the road at the same time, I don't believe the driver would have seen them.

Please, for everyone's sake, put the phone down and drive.

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