A new report by ‘Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety’ says Louisiana ranks at the top when it comes to road safety.
However, Local police are worried that drivers are more distracted that ever, because of texting and driving.
Even though Louisiana ranks top 10 in road safety, the I-20 freeway is still considered one of the most deadly roads in the nation.
West Monroe and Monroe Police both agree that phones are putting drivers in driver.
“GPS capabilities on phones,” West Monroe Officer Phillip Butcher said.
“They’re looking down to see where to go that’s taking their eyes off the road and that’s causing accidents. Just be aware of your surroundings.”
“Number one is texting,” Monroe Executive Officer, Reggie Brown, said.
“Everybody has a cell phone in the palm of their hand and that’s why we have a state law now that you can’t drive and text at the same time. It has increased in traffic crashes and fatalities from people who are driving while texting mostly those of a younger age.”
Police aren’t alone. Drivers know being distracted can put them in danger.
Zane Hood, a Bastrop resident, remembers when his phone caused him to have an accident.
“I dropped my phone on the floor of my truck and i was behind somebody,” Hood said.
“I was a good distance behind them i knew i had time cause i just figured they were going the same speed as i was and i was going 75 about the same as everybody else on the road. So I just reached down to pick my phone up just that quick i looked up and i was right at the back bumper.”
The more distractions there are, the more chances of having an accident.
“Watch out what you’re doing,” Hood said.
“You might have a wreck and it might not be nothing and you might have a wreck at the wrong time at the wrong place…might lose your life.”
In a world where we have a million things going on at once, people are challenged to stay focused, for their own safety and others.
“I feel sorry for people who don’t pay attention,” Bastrop resident, Dillon Goodwin, said.
“You can get killed on that road quick and you need to pay attention. Don’t play on your phone. Try to drive safe [and] do the right thing.” Spread the message not to text and drive. It could save a life. Maybe even yours.