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Distracted driving is more than just texting and driving

April 24, 2012 — by Mark T. Flickinger, JD

While texting and driving is dangerous, it isn t the only form of distraction that threatens the lives of drivers and those on the road with them. Many drivers in Utah wrongly believe that they become distracted only when they read or send text messages to another person as they operate a vehicle. However, texting and driving is not the only form of distraction that endangers the lives of others out on the road. The three types of distraction According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are three primary types of distraction. These include the following: Manual-This occurs when a driver takes their hands off of the steering wheel. For instance, a driver who reaches for their cellphone on the passenger seat next to them is manually distracted. Cognitive-This form of distraction is defined as any activity that prevents a driver from fully focusing on driving. For example, a driver who intently listens to a song on the radio is cognitively distracted

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