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Message Monday - Hocus Pocus Time to Focus


10-28 hocus pocusThere’s no magic potion or mysterious spell that will turn you into a safer driver. Our lives are busier than ever, most drivers feel fairly confident behind the wheel, and vehicles are easier to operate than ever. That combination leads many of us to try to accomplish other tasks while we should be concentrating on our driving.

Whether you’re joining a conference call from the road, eating lunch, scheduling your kids’ soccer practice via text message, or touching up your appearance, any activity that isn’t directly related to the task of driving can be a dangerous distraction.

While it may seem mundane, putting the phone, sandwich, or hairbrush down and simply focusing on the road will help us all get home safely.

Hocus Pocus anyone? Who remembers the Sanderson Sisters?

For 2019, there have been 264 fatalities reported. That’s an increase of one since last Monday. The 2018 fatality count stands at 319. This is subject to change as law enforcement reports are completed. To see statistics published daily by the Bureau of Driver & Identification Services, go to the daily fatality report at

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