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Distracted Driving On The Rise

A Honda Civic with six people inside was headed east on Sunday afternoon when the vehicle crossed the center line for an unknown reason and skidded into the oncoming lanes, according to a crash report. A westbound pickup truck hit the car's passenger side, ejecting all six occupants, the crash report said. FHP say the 32-year-old female was a passenger in the Honda Civic. The driver's name is listed as "unknown" and FHP says that person died as a result of the accident. The driver's name will be released pending further investigation.The female driver was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in critical condition. She was the only one in the Civic who survived the accident. The other occupants, a 43 year old male and 4 children, ages 7, 6, 15 and 3 lost there lives in the accident. All of the Honda passengers were from Winder, Georgia.

FHP Spokesman Johnson said the children were not properly restrained in the back seat of the small car, but he pointed out that the extent of the damage to the car was so great that seat belts or car seats likely wouldn't have saved the children. The pickup overturned but came to rest upright, the crash report said. The driver and two of his passengers suffered minor injuries, and a third passenger was seriously injured, troopers reported. All four occupants had been wearing seat belts.

The accident happened shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday on I-10 at Mile Marker 152 in Grand Ridge, Jackson County, Florida.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those injured and deceased as a result of this accident.

When you take the seat behind the wheel of a vehicle, you take on a great responsibility. Unfortunately, the significance of that responsibility can be taken for granted. Often, a driver allows his or her focus to be impaired by various distractions that confront us in today's fast-paced and high tech world in which we live. They are distractions that can and DO turn deadly. Distracted driving crashes in Florida have increased 25 percent since 2012. In 2013, 3,154 were killed in distracted driving crashes. Even though teens represent only five percent of licensed drivers, they were responsible for 12 percent of distracted driving crashes. Drivers aged 20-29 were responsible for 31 percent of crashes.

Some of the most common types of distractions include:

  • An object, person, or event outside of the vehicle that divert a driver's attention away from the road
  • Texting
  • Reaching for a device such as a GPS
  • Interacting with passengers
  • Eating or drinking
  • Unsecured pets
  • Grooming
  • Adjusting stereo or climate controls
  • Lighting a cigarette
  • Daydreaming

Source: http://www.flhsmv.gov/safety-center/driving-safety/distracted-driving/

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