To those who focus on driving, thank you

The following research concerning texting and driving arrived via email Monday, but it’s wasn’t an April Fool’s Day prank.

The release, from AAA Ohio Auto Club, states, “Nearly half (49 percent) of drivers report recently talking on a hand-held phone while driving and nearly 35 percent have sent a text or email.

“This behavior is in contradiction to the fact that nearly 58 percent of drivers say talking on a cellphone behind the wheel is a very serious threat to their personal safety,” the message continues, “while 78 percent believe that texting is a significant danger.”

“We have created a do as I say, not as I do culture on our roadways. Drivers understand the risk, they just don’t think they are the problem,” the release states. “With more than 3,400 people killed in distracted driving crashes each year, it is time for drivers to be accountable. We can save lives.”

This is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and we tip our cap to drivers who don’t fool around with distractions and keep their focus on driving.