Daydreaming Creating Danger

Interstate 90

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FREEBORN Co., Minn. — A new study is saying driver’s “lost in thought” are creating dangerous situations on roadways.

Erie Insurance Company conducted the study and says more than sixty-percent of accidents in 2010 and 2011 were a result of daydreaming.

That compares to 12-percent involving a cellphone to text or making a call.

Law enforcement officials say it is just one item on a list of things that are distracting drivers all over the country.

“Cellphone are in there, but, we eat in our vehicles,” Sgt. Jacalyn Sticha of the Minnesota State Patrol said. “I’ve seen teenagers changing clothes. I’ve seen people put on makeup, doing their nails, business people on their computers.”

With warmer weather on the way, she adds people need to keep their focus on the roadways and be aware of what is happening around them.

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