According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 5,474 people were killed in crashes involving driver distraction, and an estimated 448,000 were injured in 2009. That number could rise as a result of an increase in distractions as Illinois State Police Master Trooper Doug Francis explains.
Francis has offered several tips for drivers to avoid distraction. They include everything from securing items that may move around before you drive, checking directions before you leave home, and also pre-programming any stereo or mp3 player devices as well. But more than that, Francis says to buckle up and pay attention because some else's life depends on it.