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Distracted Driving Leads to Deadly Louisiana Car Crash

Louisiana was recently rated one of the worst states in the U.S. when it comes to distracted driving. And sadly, it seems as though distracted driving has claimed another victim, this one a 5-month-old child. In October 2017, a 23-year-old woman who was texting and driving slammed her vehicle into another vehicle occupied by a mother and the 5-month-old boy. The force of the crash pushed the mother’s vehicle into another one nearby, seriously injuring the baby. Two days later, the baby died at the hospital. Police issued warrants for the 23-year-old woman’s arrest for negligent homicide, negligent injuring and reckless operation in November. After the warrants came out, the distracted driver turned herself in. The death of the young child sparked a massive debate on social media, with family members of the deceased wishing the worst for the distracted driver. Others called the distracted driver foolish but urged sympathy…
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Are Adults or Teens Worse About Distracted Driving?

Which age group is more affected by distracted driving: teenagers or adults? You may be surprised to find that, according to a survey by AT&T, almost half of all adults admit to texting while driving, compared to 43 percent of teenagers. More than 98 percent of adult admit that they know it’s wrong to drive while texting, and over half said they had only recently started doing so. While teens may have a reputation for being buried in their cell phones at all times, it seems adults are the bigger culprits. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving, including texting while driving, accounts for around 3,477 deaths and 391,000 injuries annually. Every day in the U.S., around nine people die and more than 1,000 are injured. This is despite national campaigns like AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign and a series of statewide campaigns dedicated to ending…
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Does Louisiana Have a Distracted Driving Problem?

With Distracted Driving Awareness Month upon us, there is no better time than now to explore the issue of distracted driving and how it has impacted the people in Louisiana. KADN-TV in Lafayette recently aired a report regarding how distracted driving incidents have impacted people in our community. In the report, one driver from Lafayette discusses an incident where a truck driver almost sent his vehicle off the road. According to the driver, the trucker was talking on the phone at the time of the close call. Is Distracted Driving a Big Problem in Louisiana? Per a report in The Shreveport Times, amongst US states, only in Mississippi are cell phones used in cars and trucks more often than they are in Louisiana. The data used in the Times report was provided by Life360, which a driving safety service and family location app. Life360 compiled the distracted driving data after…
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