|RCPD warns of distracted driving dangers|
|Friday, 27 July 2012 13:00|
Crash re-constructionist James Chastain with the Rapid City Police Department says texting and driving is something he's been seeing over the past five years.
Chastain says state accident records show that last year in Pennington County 48 drivers admitted to being distracted by cell phones; 39 of those drivers were inside Rapid City limits.
Chastain says, "I believe that we do need a law that bans texting while driving. Although careless driving does take care of that from an enforcement stand point, I feel the public needs to be told that this is inherently dangerous and they should not do it because frankly anytime that you take your eyes off the road, even a couple seconds, increases your risk of being involved in a serious car crash, or any car crash for that matter because things can happen in a split second. It doesn't take very long."
Chastain says people are very reluctant to admit to using their cell phone while driving.