Deadly I-80 Crash Shines Light on Distracted Driving

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We are all guilty of distracted driving at some point in our lives, but did you know that doing it can land you in a whole lot of trouble, even a manslaughter charge?

“The main focus should be operating a vehicle and at time we our vehicles become our office or our dining facility,” said Adrian Quintero, with the California Highway Patrol.

Quintero says that is why they ticket so many distracted drivers: they want to prevent accidents like Thursday’s semi-truck tragedy.

The driver of the truck was reportedly eating a fast-food breakfast when he choked and lost consciousness, crossed the median and hit a BMW head on. Both vehicles exploded and two people are dead.

Law enforcement will be out in full force starting April 1 as a part of their zero-tolerance campaign, actively looking for distracted drivers.

“Maybe they are driving too fast, maybe they are driving distracted, maybe we stop them from doing that and we save their life,” said Quintero.

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