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People admit to driving distracted

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and transportation officials are asking drivers across the country to put down their cell phones and get their eyes back on the road.

Distraction.gov reports more than 3,000 people died from distracted driving in 2011. Still, many people admit they text while they drive.

"I drive off the road sometimes when I do it," said Brittany Addis, a driver.

Catherine Collins, a woman who needs to use hand controls in her car admits being a distracted driver at times, too.

"Yeah I do, I can't lie. But yeah I'm guilty of it," Collins said.

Some say they have different strategies for getting away with it.

"I'll type like one word then look up. Or when I'm at a stop sign that's when I do all my texting, like at a red light," said Addis.

Police say distracted driving goes beyond just texting and driving.

"It can be anything from fixing your hair to messing with your radio. Anything besides focusing on the road," said Zach Miller, a Hazard Police Officer.

Bill Rose has been a truck driver for 20 years.

"I was coming out of Knoxville once and I saw a man with a laptop on the center of his console and he was literally working on his laptop and had his phone to his ear at the same time," said Rose.

"If I was to ask you close your eyes and go down the road, there's no way you would do that. In a sense you're basically doing the same thing when you're staring at your cell phone when you're going down the road," Miller said.

Officer Miller says if you need to use your cell phone on the road, you really need to pull over.

For more information on distracted driving, visit distraction.gov .


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