Jack Jordan state RepRepresentative Jack Jordan said, “Using cell phones is convenient and makes communicating easier, but doing so behind the wheel can be deadly.”

To raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and remind Hoosiers to stay safe on the road, April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving claimed the lives of more than 3,000 people in 2017 alone. Those who text and drive are 23 times more likely to crash.

Jordan said, “There are also other forms of distracted driving that can be dangerous, such as eating or drinking, using GPS, talking to passengers, or changing the radio. You can help protect yourself and others on the road by keeping your phone out of sight, turning it off completely, asking your passengers to be quiet, and paying attention to your surroundings.”