Distracted Driving Study
A new study shows the United States is leading the way when it comes to crashes related to distracted driving.Photo: Video by nbc26.com
CREATED Mar. 20, 2013
Like most people, Bob Griesser's phone might as well be an extra appendage.
"If I don't have my phone on me, i go back home and get it," Geisser said.
He always has it handy, and spends a lot of time on it.
So you can probably guess, he does the occasional texting and driving.
"Every once in a while, ya. I'll text and drive," Greisser said.
And, he's not alone.
A study released March 15th by the Centers for Disease Control, showed distracted driving, most commonly by cell phone use,
is pretty common worldwide.
But, like most things, Americans do it bigger.
Unfortunately in this case bigger isn't better.
According to the study, nearly 400,000 people were hurt in car wrecks involving distrcated drivers in 2011.
More than 3,000 people were killed.
Sgt. David Catalano, a Wisconsin State Trooper, said it's not surprising.
"Distracted driving in the United States seems to be an accepted practice," Catalano said.
Sgt. Catalano said the only safe way to drive, is focused with both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road.