Officials push to curb texting while driving

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - School is in session and that means twice a day, there are hundreds of young drivers behind the wheel.

Capital High School senior Derrion Clark enjoys the time behind the wheel. He is already looking to get a new Camaro next year.

"I like the style of the car and not to many people have that car. And I like to stand out from everyone else," said Clark.

Clark also stands out by not texting while driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3,000 people were killed in the United States in 2011 as a result of distracted driving.

"Too much focus on the phone and your less focus on the road. Anything can happen in the blink of an eye," said Clark.

Earlier this year, the state banned social media from being used while driving. Authorities say with a push of an app can actually push you into danger.

"Every text you send, every time you look at that Facebook account, Twitter account, that is your eyes off the road," said Louisiana State Police Captain Doug Cain.

Cain says if you get caught texting and driving the ticket is pretty steep, but you can't a price tag on the loss of a life.

"All it takes is one second to miss that stop sign. You can miss that little boy chasing a ball out into the road. That's how quick it can happen, "said Cain.

Authorities say that a ticket for texting and driving is more than $100, not including court costs.

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