Roadside chat-

10-29 put down the phoneIf you’re behind the wheel, heeding these four words could save your life, the lives of those in the vehicle with you, or others on the road around you.

We all have a lot going on and the fear of missing out if we’re not constantly connected is real. But that attachment to your phone can be unhealthy and imminently dangerous if you are trying to keep up with what’s going on in your phone while you’re driving.

While research shows that how people use a phone while driving is changing, getting accurate data on the problem of phone use behind the wheel is very difficult since people tend to use their phones in short bursts. However, chances are if you’ve been on the road lately, you have observed a number of people on their phones and you may have been one of them.

When you’re behind the wheel, anything that takes your attention away from the task of driving is can be as dangerous as driving blindfolded or while intoxicated.

In 2021, there have been 285 deaths in traffic crashes. That is an increase of nine since last Friday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

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