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North Carolina law enforcement using AI to combat increase in distracted drivers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Drivers preoccupied with smartphone distractions, such as texting and making phone calls, have become all too common – and many times fatal.

North Carolina Highway Patrol reports that it has seen an uptick in distracted truck drivers, and now the agency is using artificial intelligence devices to help crack down on the safety hazard.

Distracted driving killed over 3,500 people in 2021, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. A mom who’s made safe driving her passion has felt the pain from a distracted driver two separate times. 

“At a stop light you look around, every single person is on their phone,” said Jennifer Smith, whose mother was killed by a distracted driver.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol began the program in the spring. From June 1 to Aug. 4, there were 441 citations issued for seatbelt violations and 315 citations issued for hands-free violations.

In September, insurance company USAA released a list of the most and least distracted drivers across the country.

Chelsea Torres joined Fox News in 2023 as a Multimedia Reporter based in Charlotte.

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