Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Can’t help but use your rear-view mirror or visor mirror as a mini vanity in the morning or on the way to a date? If you’re applying mascara behind the wheel, you could be jeopardizing your health, safety, and others too.

According to Distraction.gov, the U.S. Government’s website dedicated solely to distracted driving (in addition to texting or talking, putting on make-up while driving is considered distracted driving), more than 3,000 people were killed in 2018 as a result of crashes involving a distracted driver. While that number might not seem high, an estimated additional 416,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.

An alert driver needs 1.5 seconds to react to changed conditions. So, if you’re cruising along the highway driving 60mph, you’ll travel 132 feet before reacting to another car, debris, or other changes ahead.

Please keep your eyes on the road while driving. If you are on the Causeway Bridge and see another distracted driver, please call Causeway Dispatch at 504-835-3116 (or *CP).