Drivers talking on cell phones are just about everywhere. But police say just because a driver talks on the phone frequently while driving that doesn't make their risk of getting in an accident any less great. In fact, it only takes seconds for an accident for occur.
Trooper Dathan Tarrence, with Kentucky State Police says, "They can look away for two seconds and in two seconds, travel 80-90 feet down the roadway depending on what speed their going. And a lot of things can happen if they are not paying attention to their surrounding. Traffic, pedestrians, even animals."
At a busy Bowling Green intersection we counted numerous drivers talking on their cell phones. Circuit Judge, Steve Wilson, wants people to hang up and drive.
Judge Wilson says, "When we first saw cell phones, we thought, it's the same thing as listening to the radio. That's not what the studies show. Studies show it is a distraction to our driving. We know that."
When Wilson was Commonwealth Attorney, he encouraged law enforcement to charge drivers responsible for causing an accident while on their cell phones with harsher charges.
Kentucky State Police say it’s comparable to driving while intoxicated. "Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs slows down your perception time and your reaction time. The same thing goes for people talking on a cell phone," says Trooper Tarrence.
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