US Senator To Discuss Distracted Driving Solutions, Effect Could Be Felt In Basin 2/3/14
February 3rd, 2014
A US Senator will hold a meeting this week to discuss high tech solutions to distracted driving. The Permian Basin continues to see an increase in traffic and wrecks, frequently caused by drivers on their phones or simply not paying attention.
It didnít take long to find distracted drivers all throughout town. People were talking on their phones, even reading in their cars.
"People are doing make up or you know. I've seen people drive with their feet out of the window, it's ridiculous," said one Midland driver.
Drivers CBS 7 spoke to say they see it all the time and take extra precaution.
"I had someone texting and driving cut me off while I was driving an 18 wheeler," said another driver.
Midland Police say this distracted driving, leads to more wrecks and fatalities.
"The police department is doing everything we can. We wrote more tickets in 2013," said Lieutenant Ray Leible.
He says enforcing texting while drive banns prove difficult, however heís encouraged that lawmakers are trying to address the problem.
Other drivers CBS 7 spoke to say our traffic problems go beyond the normal distractions of phones. People need to give themselves more driving time.
"But it's other habits like always being in a hurry that I donít like," said another driver.
The most recent statistics show the Permian Basin accounts for about 10 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state. Many of those caused by distracted driving.