Westerville Police Demonstrate Distracted Driving Dangers


UPDATED: Saturday October 5, 2013 9:08 AM

Westerville Police want you to see firsthand how just one glance away from the road can make all the difference.

“Distracted driving really has three aspects - it has manual, your hands on the wheel; it has visual, which is where you are going; and it has cognitive," said Westerville Police Sgt. Charles Chandler.

Chandler says that the danger of texting and driving is that all three distractions occur when you’re trying to text and you cannot focus on driving.

“There are more things to distracted driving - people eating, people putting on makeup, if kids causing a ruckus in the back seat, turning around to yell at them and not concentrating on driving," he added.

CrimeTracker 10’s Angela An decided to see for herself.

In a controlled environment set up by Westerville Police, An was put through a drunk driving simulator reconfigured to mimic distracted driving. Her driving got worse.
 
Westerville police say the simulator puts texting and driving into perspective.
 
Most people take their eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds while texting.

At 55 mph, that’s like driving a football field with your eyes looking down.

In the demonstration, An was barely going 5 mph.
 
Chandler talked about what happened.

“Couldn’t concentrate on keeping a constant speed while texting, weaving within your own lane, weaving out of your land. You actually had an accident over there where you had to overcorrect from texting," he explained.

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