Despite warnings people still text and drive

MASON, Ohio - Sending a text message is so ingrained in the minute to minute lives of most young people it can be hard to put down the phone.

9 News sat down with some young college students who admitted they use to text while driving.

"I use to a little bit, not too much, but I would look at my phone," said Olivia Jordan of Mason.

Jordan and her friends, now in college, say it is less common for them or their friends to text and drive.

"Now being in college and looking back at what a bunch of us did in high school I noticed a lot of my friends personally have taken other (safety) steps like using Blue Tooth," said Erica Yancey.

In the crash that killed Miranda Lane, 17, of Colerain Township and Mathilde Jessen, 17, of Denmark deputies said that it appeared that Lane was texting just before the accident.

Sgt. Charles O'Brien of the Ohio Highway Patrol paints a sobering picture of what you can miss when you take your eyes off the road even for a brief period of time.

Distracted drivers at intersections can create very dangerous situations.

"Let's say you go to change the radio station if you look away for one or two seconds and a vehicle traveling at fifty five miles per hour could travel 80-160 feet which may not have been in your line of sight when you looked in that direction," said O'Brien.

Statistics show that distracted driving in a key factor in many crashes.

In February of this year the Governors Highway Safety Association estimated that distractions are associated with 15 to 25 percent of crashes at all levels.

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