Deputy in South Carolina Struck by SUV in School Zone
KERSHAW COUNTY, S.C.- Abc11.com writes that a deputy in South Carolina was directing traffic within a school zone when he was hit by an SUV. The incident was caught in a shocking video.*
The accident took place late last week while students were arriving at the Lugoff Elementary School. The female deputy was struck by a male driver who was reportedly not paying attention to the road at the time of the crash.
The victim was wearing a yellow reflective jacket and was standing near her patrol car, which had its lights flashing, but these measures did not prevent her from being struck and injured. Fortunately, the deputy is expected to survive the injuries. She was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Police issued a ticket to the driver for traveling too fast for road conditions and for texting and driving. Reports indicate that the man admitted to looking at his phone when the crash took place. He was not brought to jail.
Texting and driving is illegal and extremely dangerous. Distracted driving kills thousands of people every year, and the leading cause of distractions for drivers is the use of cell phones. When a driver takes their eyes off the road to look at a phone screen, they are putting themselves and everyone around them at considerable risk.
The dangers of texting and driving are well-known thanks to a number of education campaigns that have worked to teach the public about the severe hazard presented by phone use behind the wheel. Still, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that every day, more than 1,000 people in America are injured, and nine people are killed in crashes involving distracted drivers. On average, sending or reading a text message takes a driver's attention away from the road for five seconds, in which time a vehicle traveling 55 miles per hour will travel the length of an entire football field.
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