Troopers crack down on distracted drivers

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February 1, 2012 5:14:57 AM PST
The North Carolina Highway Patrol will hold a two-day campaign looking for distracted drivers on Triangle area interstates this week.

Wednesday and Thursday, troopers will focus their attention on I-95 from the Virginia State Line to Johnston County, I-85 in Durham County and I-40 in the counties of Johnston, Wake, and Durham.

It's illegal in North Carolina to text while driving. Officers will also be looking for anything that takes a person's attention away from the primary task of operating the vehicle. That includes eating and drinking, grooming, reading, watching a video or adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player.

"The violation would be dependent upon what they're doing, lane change violation, unsafe movement, following too close," said Sgt. Jeff Gordon, with the State Highway Patrol. "All those things kind of go under distracted driving which in effect causes collisions."

The SHP said 5,474 people were killed in crashes involving driver distraction, and an estimated 448,000 were injured in 2009.

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