An end to distracted driving

NESHOBA COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - April is Distracted Driving Awareness month and a local attorney is helping spread the word to students taking Driver's Education courses.

We've heard it time and time again. No texting and driving.

"It's a problem the kids today, especially are the ones who've had a cell phone in their pocket for years before they ever got behind the wheel," says Attorney Jeremy Chalmers.

Students taking Driver's Education are just now learning how to drive and it's a distraction that's hard to avoid.

Chalmers is helping spread the word. He's sharing statistics and tragic stories of distracted driving in hopes these new drivers will think twice before texting behind the wheel.

"Texting and driving is responsible for most car crash deaths," says Steve Bowman, student. "People can't multi-task. even though they try they just really aren't good at multi-tasking."

For those who think they are good multi-taskers, try counting to 10 quickly. Then say your first ten ABCs. Now try alternating [A1, B2, C3]. It's not as easy as what you'd think. You start to slow down as your mind works to focus on two things.

"I've got to think about this. Now I've got to think about that. You're going back and forth," says Chalmers. "When your brain is doing that, that's what is creating your inattention blindness."

It's shrinking your view of the road when your eyes go from one thing to another.

It's not just this generation that is guilty of distracted driving.

"It's not just our generation which I think is very targeted for stuff like that," says Emily Daniel. "It's actually the older people [too] and I think they need to be targeted as well."

Chalmers urges parents to lead by example. It's less likely for teens to drive distracted if their parents don't.

You're 23 times more likely to be involved in a car crash if you're driving distracted. That is compared to four times more likely if you were intoxicated.