Cell phones marked number one distraction while driving

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — “Every year in this city, we have a tragedy during prom weekend,” said Tom Antkow, president/founder of Driver Safety Consultants of Colorado Springs.

Experts with Driver Safety Consultants say there are nearly 6-million car crashes recorded every year in the U.S.

The number one cause? Distractions, which can happen from inside or outside your vehicle.

“Cell phone use is now number one as the distractable item,” Antkow said.

As part of the Drive Smart High School Safety Challenge, students from Manitou Springs High School composed a poem called, “Look Up,” hoping to spark a movement.

“I’ve seen a lot of my friends get in wrecks from texting and driving, I’ve had family members get in wrecks from it. I know it’s a serious issue and I know how quickly it can take a life,” said Carter Sandras, a senior at Manitou Springs High School.

Antkow says change must first begin at home with parents.

“They tell them, if I call you, regardless of whatever you’re doing, I want you to pick up your phone and answer me, make sure I know where you’re at,” Antkow said.

And students say it’s a difficult habit to break.

“It’s so hard to disconnect. It is just as deadly as drinking and driving. You’re looking down at your phone, you’re not looking up at the road, you can’t see what’s coming,” Sandras said.

“I think it’s not only a universal problem, it’s not going to go away unless we make a concerted effort. We’ve been talking for decade upon decade about drinking and driving and it’s still there,” Antkow said.

For the full video of the poem by students from Manitou Springs High School, click here.

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