New warnings for Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and AAA is now warning drivers this morning about the importance of focusing on the road.

Safety officials say smartphones remain the top distraction for drivers, including in-vehicle technology and then passengers.

On average, nine people die every day due to accidents involving distracted drivers which is actually a 10% increase from the previous year.

In 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic began, there were 64 fatal crashes across Michigan involving distracted drivers which resulted in 71 deaths.

Officials say, drivers should put their phone away altogether or simply pull over if the phone must be used.

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