OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (WDAF) — Police in Overland Park, Kansas say they’ve seen an increase in crashes caused by distracted driving, including a wild accident that happened this week.
Chief Frank Donchez shared a video of a distracted driving wreck that happened Tuesday near 77th and Metcalf. Check it out in the video player above.
— Frank Donchez (@OPPD_Chief) October 16, 2019
OPPD estimates about 70% of car crashes are the result of distracted driving.
“People are not paying attention. When you’re looking at your phone, back and forth, that’s when an accident can happen,” said Officer John Lacy, spokesman for the department.
The driver in the rear-end crash that happened Tuesday was ticketed. The passenger was taken to the hospital with neck and back injuries.
“Put down the cell phone,” Lacy said. “If it’s an emergency, pull over to the side of the road.”