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APD: Put down cell phones while driving

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - It is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and Alexandria police will be strictly enforcing distracted driving laws.

That means no texting and no using social media while driving.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), you can travel the length of a football field while checking one text message. This makes texting and driving very dangerous.

"We want to make sure that we patrol our highways and we make sure we stress that we want to keep our highways safe," said Deputy Chief Cedric Green of APD.

"The impacts can be really detrimental as far as crashes, crashing into other vehicles or poles, trees anything like that," said Brian Berlin of the Cenla Driving Academy. "It is very bad."

NHTSA also reports that people in their 20s make up for 27 percent of distracted driving fatal crashes.  
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