Past year the Tennessee Highway Patrol wrote more than 13,500 tickets for texting and driving. It takes an average of three-seconds after a driver's mind is taken off the road for any road accident to occur.
NY is launching a statewide campaign against distracted driving as part of April's National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
"Distracted driving is absolutely avoidable, but it continues to be a serious problem among drivers", CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said in a statement. However, technological developments have made distracted driving a more common issue.
Santa Clarita's Right Way Driving School Instructor Sam Russell said he notices that students of all ages get distracted by their phones while driving, and often sees adults as guiltier of distracted driving than teens.
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During driving lessons, Russell said he has students leave their phones on to teach them not to pick them up.
"Now there are even more temptations, like making a Facebook Live video, sending a Snapchat, all the social media use that's on the rise so people are more tempted than ever to reach for their phones behind the wheel", said Elizabeth Carey, Public Affairs Manager for AAA.
This is the first year Tennessee has had the distracted driving enforcement bus tour.
The Cannon County Rescue Squad, Inc.is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to promote distracted driving awareness.
"We're out here looking for distracted drivers", THP Sergeant Chris Richardson said.