VIDEO: Dash cam video shows close call with distracted driver

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A video captured by a Shelburne Police cruiser on Friday shows a close call with a driver on their phone.
 
“I was just on regular patrol,” said Officer Cole Charbonneau. “Just driving the roads of the town.”
It shows Officer Charbonneau narrowly avoiding a head on collision.
 
“As I was heading up the hill on Governor’s Lane, this car was suddenly in my lane,” Charbonneau said. “I was forced to react quickly.”
 
The driver was distracted, causing them to drift into the other lane. Thanks to the officer’s quick thinking, he was able to steer clear of a crash. He did turn around to pull over the driver who was indeed using their cell phone.
 
“The person in the vehicle admitted they received a phone call, had grabbed their phone, and was looking at it to see who was calling them,” Charbonneau said.
 
Distracted driving isn’t just being on your phone. It can be eating, changing the radio, or anything that takes your eyes off the road.
 
“Before you know it, you’re over the double line in somebody’s lane of travel,” Charbonneau said. “You may have looked down briefly, but if you’re going 35-40 mph, you’re covering a lot more ground than you think.”
 
While this incident was captured on video, it’s nothing out of the ordinary. Police say it’s something they see regularly. Officer Charbonneau wants to remind people to put their phones down.
 
“The texts and phone calls can wait,” he said. “Find a parking lot and pull to the side if you really want to know who it is. I don’t think people realize how scary distracted driving is until something like this happens to them.”
 
According to the National Highway Safety Administration, distracted driving claimed more than 3,000 lives in 2017.

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