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Thursday April 30th, 2015

Posted at 10:27pm

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Windsor police want drivers to stay focused.

Police say that there is a growing trend among motorists to multi-task while driving, and that drivers who are distracted are not fully concentrating on the road and are therefore creating a dangerous driving situation.

Driving while distracted is a leading cause of motor vehicle collisions.

Police point out that drivers who are engaged in the following distractions are more likely to be in a crash or near crash event compared with non-distracted drivers:

  • Text messaging on a cell phone – 23 times more likely
  • Talking on a cell phone – 4 to 5 times more likely
  • Reading – 3 times more likely
  • Applying makeup – 3 times more likely
  • Reaching for a dropped object – 9 times more likely
  • Dialing on a hand held device – 3 times more likely

Police say that increasingly personal injury accident and fatality accident investigation have determined that distracted driving was a contributing factor.  The “Operation Stay Focused” initiative being implemented to bring attention to these issues and reduce collisions related to driving distracted.

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