Distracted driving crashes on rise in Texas

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ABILENE, Texas - Distracted driving was the cause of more than 450 traffic deaths Texas during 2013.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were more than 94,000 crashes in Texas due to distracted driving last year – a 4 percent increase from 2012.

Using a cell phone while driving makes a person four times more likely to crash than a non-distracted driver.

Other common distractions, according to TxDOT, include: reading, programming a GPS, eating, drinking and changing the radio volume.

KTXS reached out to drivers to find out what they are noticing on the road.

"There was a lady and she was looking at a book and reading it to her daughter in the backseat," driver Jeannie Free said. "(The child) was in a car seat, but she was reading and doing homework while she was driving down the road, so I just said a prayer."

Joseph Dominguez, another driver, gave a word of advice to people who pay attention to their cell phones rather than the road while driving.

"Just simply wait," Dominguez said. "I mean you can just wait. It's gonna be there. You don't have to get it right then."

TxDOT Also said young adults and adults over the age of 45 are more likely to drive distracted; however, people aged 16 to 24 are more likely to use their cell phones while driving.

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