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It only takes a second for a deadly distraction

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Distracted driving is hopefully meeting a dead end sometime in the near future.

The National Safety Council is pushing the "Distracted Driving Awareness Month" for April.

Of course, cell phones and texting are the major culprits. But really anything that would take away the attention of the driver, like the radio, or food.

"Wherever that phone is, whether it be up, down, left, right... you hear that ping and you wanna look to your right if it's in your seat. All it takes is that look down and that car in front of you stops, and you don't have enough time to stop yourself," said Master Deputy Fred Ward with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

The highest risk of distracted driving is the 16 and older demographic. Nearly half of all kids 16 to 20 text or email while driving. Those drivers under 20 have been involved in the highest number of deadly crashes involving distracted driving.

"I've seen a lot of different crashes and a lot of people, for whatever reason look away -- drink of water, playing with the radio -- causes them to look away just for that second, and not enough distance to stop for that vehicle in front of them to stop," Ward said.

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