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Distracted Driving, a growing danger

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A new study reveals that distracted driving tops a drivers list of growing dangers on the road.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety poll, 88 percent of drivers believe distracted driving is on the rise, posing a larger threat than aggressive driving, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

While most people agree that distracted driving is dangerous, they'll also admit that their guilty of the act.

According to the AAA Foundation, 49 percent of drivers report recently talking on a hand-held phone while driving, and nearly 35 percent have sent a text or email.

Drivers who text are up to 8 times more likely to be involved in a crash, but cell phones aren't the only distraction.

Drivers around East Texas list music, having other people in the car, putting on make-up, and eating as other potential distractions.

"It takes a lot of focus to just stay focused on driving, and keeping your eyes on the road,” says East Texas driver Artemus Cluff.

The AAA Foundation suggests that drivers limit distractions by using hands free cell phone devices, pre-programing GPS and music, and properly securing children, pets, and loose possessions.

"We should pay more attention to the road then our phones,” says East Texas driver Holly Hightower. “Its going to take all of us doing it in order to correct the situation."

Texting and driving is not only a distraction, it's also illegal according to Texas law. A violation can result in a ticket and a fine up to $99.

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