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Don't Text and Drive

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BILLINGS, Mont. -

As more people are out on the road for the summer, doctors remind everyone don’t text and drive.

St. Vincent Healthcare has a distracted driving course for teens to show them the dangers of texting and driving. Doctors say you are four times more likely to get into an accident if you're distracted while driving. Trauma medical director Barry McKenzie says he sees many accidents happen that could have been avoided.

"Don’t worry about getting that text back because especially in town you're going to be in your location in a short period of time,” Dr. McKenzie said. “It’s not worth the risk of trying to send even a brief text responding to a question. You really need to focus on being aware of your surroundings, not texting, wearing your seat belt, ignoring distractions in your vehicle."

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says when you're texting and driving, your eyes are off the road for about five seconds. And when driving 55 miles per hour, in that amount of time, you travel the length of a football field.

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