Distracted driving dangers rise during peak Montana traffic season

Posted at 9:11 AM, Jul 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-19 11:11:16-04

BOZEMAN – A new survey shows that 56% of U.S. motorists who admitted to distracted driving don’t think that it’s dangerous.

Digital Third Coast and Envista Forensics recently surveyed 2,000 Americans who admitted to bad driving behavior. Of the bad drivers, 78% of the millennials surveyed said that they were trying to break their distracted driving habits.

Sgt. Patrick McLaughlin of the Montana Highway Patrol said that distracted driving is indeed a serious safety issue, especially at this time of year in Montana because of more traffic on the road.

“Being a really high impact tourism area like Bozeman is, we get a lot of RV’s and a lot of folks going to see the park and locally all the cyclists, all the joggers, motorcycles, things that you don’t normally see on the road are now there. So now the motorists have to pay attention to that kind of stuff,” McLaughlin said.

Sgt. McLaughlin suggests that to help keep your eyes road you should put enough songs on your playlist to last your entire trip before hitting the road so that you don’t have to glance at your phone.

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