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Study reveals young drivers openly use phone apps while driving


(WVVA) The world of technology. It's ever-growing and constantly taking us to new places and new heights.

While much of technology benefits our culture, officials say it's the most convenient ones that can cause harm to ourselves and others around us.

A new study shows that young drivers admittedly use their phones and apps while driving. While this sounds alarming, law enforcement says it is not that surprising.

"We do special patrols for cell phone violations, testing while driving, stuff like that. A lot of the times we will see them stopped at a red light, stopped in traffic on the cell phone," says Trooper David Whited.

Trooper David Whited with the West Virginia State Police says on average each trooper is called to 4-5 car accidents a week. He says while it is often hard to prove that the driver was distracted by the phone, he says signs like phones in the seat next to them or on the floor are obvious indicators.

"There is some kind of distraction that took them away from their surroundings which caused the accident," says Whited.

It's already been reported several times nationally that the new app Pokemon-Go has caused accidents. Whited says if you're driving, keep your phone to the side and your eyes on the road.

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