Course in Distracted Driving

FORT RUCKER, AL-- Statistics show distractions cause 20 percent of crashes where someone gets hurt.

Today drivers got a crash course in distracted driving on Fort Rucker. The US Army Combat Readiness and Safety Center put on the program.

Soldiers and civilians maneuvered a mile course with different distractions to show them how a second of taking their eyes off the road could be deadly.

Dr. Joe McFadden, Human Factors Directorate said, "And if you do it one or two times, three or four times and it doesn't result in an accident you start to become over confident so you feel like 'Oh, I can handle this.' So they continue doing this behavior until you do experience a head on collision and results into a fatality."

The safety center will put together different packages on the dangers of distracted driving to distribute to other army installations.

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