State leaders pushing for safer highways

North Carolina leaders released its “Strategic Highway Safety Plan” after they believe too many people have died on the state’s roadways.

In Eastern North Carolina, 10 people lost their lives in the past two months.

One of the causes they’re targeting is cell phone usage.

The safety plan reported from 2009 to 2013, an average of 135 people each year were killed by distracted drivers.

The report found from 2008 through 2012, only two percent of deaths involved an electronic device; however, experts believe that number’s “grossly understated.”

“Absolutely. All the time,” Chris Varner said about seeing people using cell phones while driving. “It’s very aggravating for people to be holding their phones up and looking down constantly.”

“They put other lives in danger when they do that,” Deh’quan Cherry said.

State leaders plan on looking into a handheld cell phone ban while driving and having police crack down more on texters.

The plan also called for implementing more rumble strips on roadway shoulders to warn distracted drivers if they’re drifting out of their lanes.

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