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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany trauma specialist say most of the trauma cases they see result from car crashes, and too many of those crashes are caused by distracted drivers. Now they're spreading a message in honor of Trauma Awareness Month.

 A quick glance at your phone, turning for a brief moment to yell at the kids, grabbing a bite to eat or even holding a heated conversation while you're driving can put your life in jeopardy.

"You have to try to be alert and vigilant as possible and part of that is going to be defensive driving," said emergency room physician Ian Munro.

 As part of the 25th National Trauma Awareness Month, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital is emphasizing the dangers of driving while distracted.

"We want to save a life; we want people to get to their destination safely.  We want them to return back to friends and family the next day," said Brandy Holton manager of the trauma center program.

The problem is people tend to think that they will be the exception, but the number of injuries and deaths caused by distracted driving is on the rise.

"They come in, adults and children with various injuries, some of them unfortunately are life threatening," said Munro.

Dougherty County Police Captain Tom Jackson says that distracted driving adds yet another danger to traveling during the upcoming Memorial weekend.

"Drinking is one of the problems, maybe even consuming illegal drugs and now on top of that you have to add distractions inside of your vehicle," said Jackson.  

Remember no one is invincible! When you're behind the wheel, anything thing that takes the focus off of driving can wait.

Texting while driving is illegal in Georgia. If law enforcers believe texting contributed to a crash, they can subpoena phone records to prove it.

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