Study: Improper use of turn signals a real danger

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We’ve all heard about the hazards of distracted driving. But a new study, by the Society of Automotive Engineers, says  improper use of turn signals causes twice as many accidents.

The study found that 48 percent of the time, drivers either neglected to use their turn signal when changing lanes or failed to turn the signal off. And it found 25 percent of drivers did not use their turn signals when making a turn.

Trooper Nate Reid, with the Colorado State Patrol says, “We’re distracted so much that we’re not paying attention to even using a turn signal that is as little as two to three inches from where our hands rest on the steering wheel.”

He says it’s a lack of concentration and not paying attention to the task at hand.

The study found that turn signal issues cause 2 million accidents a year across the country. Reid says it’s also illegal to have your turn signal on when you are not making a turn.

He says turn signal violations will cost you at least a $70 ticket.

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