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Dangers of Distracted Driving

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Distracted Driving continues to be the number one cause of traffic collisions in the United States.

This afternoon in Mandan a course is setup to demonstrate just how dangerous distractions can be behind the wheel.

Our own Jon Berg got behind the wheel and hit a few cones in the road while talking on the phone.

Don Moseman with the North Dakota Safety Council says there's a myth out there people should know about.

"Hands free devices have little difference when it comes to safety because its not just the physical manipulation of the phone, we now know through research it's the conversation," Don Moseman said.

What's even more dangerous is texting.

Texting while driving is 24 times more dangerous than talking on your phone.

Lieutenant Steve Kilde with the Bismarck Police Department says, most people's excuse is they only take their eyes off the road for a second or two.

But those seconds could be enough to cause an accident or hit something or someone on the road.

"And at 25 mph a motor vehicle is traveling approximately 37 feet every second, so if you think about that and put that into perspective in two seconds a motor vehicle is going to travel about 74 feet," Lt.. Steve Kilde said.

April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month.

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