Don't Text and Drive - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

Don't Text and Drive

Posted: Updated:
BILLINGS -

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.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Fun Run for Charities

    Fun Run for Charities

    Saturday, August 30 2014 8:33 PM EDT2014-08-31 00:33:18 GMT
    It's a run solely based on fun. Red Lodge's Fun Run for Charities allows people to run in support of their favorite charity. Dominic Ballard is a runner for Billings Senior and he said people should run the race to compete with their personal best.Janet Bertolino runs the race every year it's held. She said she runs because of multiple charities she can support with the help of the run's match donations, doubling her donations.
    It's a run solely based on fun. Red Lodge's Fun Run for Charities allows people to run in support of their favorite charity. Dominic Ballard is a runner for Billings Senior and he said people should run the race to compete with their personal best.Janet Bertolino runs the race every year it's held. She said she runs because of multiple charities she can support with the help of the run's match donations, doubling her donations.
  • Persons of Interest in Decapitated Body Case

    Persons of Interest in Decapitated Body Case

    Saturday, August 30 2014 1:33 PM EDT2014-08-30 17:33:13 GMT
    The Park County Wyoming Sheriff's Department is identifying persons of interest in the death of 40- year-old Juan Antonio Guerra Torres.
    The Park County Wyoming Sheriff's Department is identifying persons of interest in the death of 40- year-old Juan Antonio Guerra Torres.
  • Nightmare Hill Climb Attracts Riders From Afar

    Nightmare Hill Climb Attracts Riders From Afar

    Saturday, August 30 2014 1:22 PM EDT2014-08-30 17:22:36 GMT
    People from all around the country have made their home in Billings at least for two days for the Nightmare Hill Climb.
    People from all around the country have made their home in Billings at least for two days for the Nightmare Hill Climb.