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Distracted Drivers Get Warnings to Pay Attention This Holiday

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You've seen them, distracted drivers texting or talking, maybe even reading.  Police say they see it all too often. This holiday season, they're reminding you to keep your eyes on the road.

Police say distracted drivers cause most accidents. But they don't have a hard number because  most people don't admit they've been talking or texting on the scene of an accident.

We were riding with Cpl Steve Wood, when he showed us one accident he believed was caused by inattentive driving.

One vehicle had run into the back of another. Officers say most accidents are rear-enders and almost always they are from a driver not paying attention.

It doesn't have to be a cell phone or text messaging. It's anything that takes your attention from the street in front of you.

Officers can't give a ticket for simply driving distracted unless it forces you to make a mistake, like run a red light or cross the center line.

"Working wrecks all day I hear all the reasons as to why they are not paying attention. I get, 'I dropped my water bottle. I dropped a pop on the floor. I was trying to change the radio station. I was trying to get something out of my glove box'" explained Wood.

Most accidents happen on Friday and also between three and four p.m.

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