New data has revealed Mississippi tops the list when it comes to people using their cell phones while driving. Life360 data showed drivers across the Southeast use their cell phones while driving more frequently than the national average.
"Just a simple text, that five to ten seconds you're looking down at the phone to send that text, that's a time a child can run out in front of you," said Corporal Eric Henry with the Mississippi Highway Patrol. "That's a time someone can cross into your lane. That's a time where you can run off the roadway and lose control of your vehicle and be involved in a crash."
Henry said distracted driving is the leading cause of accidents across the state of Mississippi and the United States. As we approach Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Life360, released data showing Mississippi tops the list when it comes to drivers using their cell phone while behind the wheel.
"Refrain from texting and driving. If you want to send a text and you have a passenger inside the vehicle have that person send the text for you," added Corporal Henry. "That will lower your chances of getting involved in an accident.
According to Life360, Mississippi drivers use their cell phone while driving an average of 2.56 times per drive. The national average comes in at 1.78 per drive.
"We just want people to be safe out here," said Corporal Henry. "Law enforcement officers are watching to make sure people are doing what they are supposed to be doing behind the wheel. If you see someone texting and driving or causing a hazard while they are driving dial *H-P or dial 9-1-1."
Louisiana and Alabama came in second and third.
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