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Distracted driving concern amplified by Texas A&M car accident and Spanish train crash

Distracted driving

Distracted driving (Photo credits: www.smartsign.com)

On July 30, two college football players, Texas A&M defensive lineman Polo Manukainiu, 19, and Utah defensive lineman Gaius Vaenuku, 18, were killed in a single-car accident. The former high-school teammates, along with Utah offensive tackle Siaosi Uhatafe and his family, were making a 22-hour drive back to Texas on little sleep, according to a tweet from Manukainiu before the accident. Uhatafe, the driver, was the only passenger wearing a seatbelt. The deaths of these young men, on the heels of a fatal Spanish train wreck in which the conductor was on his cell phone while driving, brings attention to the dangers of distracted driving. If you’re hitting the road this summer — or getting ready to make a long drive back to college this fall — be sure to keep your wits about you and pay attention to the surrounding hazards. Read more