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Top La. highway safety official calls distracted driving 'dangerous epidemic'

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Louisiana’s top highway safety official said distracted driving is becoming a “dangerous epidemic” in the state and will only get better when those behind the wheel modify their behaviors.

The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission is reminding drivers to stay attentive to what is happening on the road, as April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

"We all see it every day, people looking at their phones instead of the traffic in front of them, and it is a very real cause for concern," said Dr. Katara Williams, executive director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. "Distracted driving kills thousands of people every year across this country, and Louisiana is not immune from this epidemic."

According to LHSC, 192 people were killed in Louisiana from 2011 to 2015 because of some distraction. Officials added nearly 27,000 others were injured.

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