DPS cracking down on distracted driving

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Public Safety is cracking down on distracted driving by stopping thousands of people not paying attention.

DPS officers reported that they made nearly 20,000 traffic stops for distracted driving between Jan. 1 and Sept. 16.

Officials said distractions included cellphone use, eating or drinking, reaching for objects, pets, smoking or applying makeup.

DPS said 3,642 drivers were stopped for cellphone use, 3,508 drivers were stopped for other occupant-related issues and 2,385 were stopped for outside distractions.

DPS officers investigated 2,400 collisions attributed to distracted driving during the eight-and-a-half-month period.