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Crime Tracker Kalae Chock Navigates Road Course While Texting And Driving

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KHQ.COM - June marks the three-year anniversary of the hands-free law in Washington State. Texting and using the phone without a hand-free device behind the wheel is illegal. The hands-free law is part of an effort to curb distracted driving, which is now the number one cause of fatal traffic collisions. 

Despite the law, some drivers still text and drive. Some drivers don't think their driving is impaired if they send and receive texts behind the wheel. The KHQ Crime Trackers wanted to put that idea to the test. They worked with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office to set up an obstacle course and evaluate whether a driver's performance was impaired while they text and drove.

Crime Tracker Kalae Chock got into the driver's seat and failed all three obstacles; negotiating a wide curve, avoiding a person on a sidewalk, and remaining alert at an uncontrolled intersection. She hit the cones marking the roadway and ran over the giant cone representing a child on a sidewalk. Kalae also ran into a ball bouncing into the street, which represented a young child on his bike, because she was looking down at her phone. Even when Kalae avoided the cones, her driving was still impaired.  She slowed down well below the speed limit and drove off course.

Texting and driving is just one dangerous distraction. Anything that takes a driver's eyes off the road constitutes a distraction that can lead to a collision. The safest way to avoid it all is for drivers to put their phones away when they hit the road

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