National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

ARDMORE, OK - The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office hopes drivers will think twice before using a cell phone while driving this month.

"One Text or Call Can Wreck It All" is the slogan for National Distracted Driving Awareness month.

The state safety office said just one glance at a cell phone or radio can cause a deadly collision.

Authorities said taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds while traveling 60 mph means you've traveled blindly for half the length of a football field.

The National Safety Council estimates that at least 1.6 million crashes each year involve drivers using cell phones and texting.

"The types of accidents caused by distracted driving are sometimes the worst we see," Sgt. Ryan Hunnicutt with the Ardmore Police said. "The accidents caused from you not paying attention so you don't have a chance to react and you are in an oncoming lane of traffic or hit a tree. These crashes are usually very severe."

Law enforcement agencies said this month they will be watching closely and giving citations to distracted drivers.

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