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ODOT: April Is Distracted Driving Month
The Oregon Department of Transportation reminds drivers that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and advocates hope it will make drivers think twice about picking up their mobile phone when behind the wheel.
Over the past three years, 41 people have died on Oregon roads, due to distracted driving, and over 500 have been seriously injured. Distracted driving is described as any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from driving. Using a mobile phone is the most common driver distraction besides texting, in addition to eating, and reading. Because text messaging requires visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver, it is the most distracting. Oregon law prohibits texting while driving and prohibits hand-held mobil phone use in nearly all situations.