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Jul 28, 2013 11:17 PM

Increase in Major Accidents in Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI - Distracted drivers are everywhere, making a quick calls or peeking at a text message.

And it's just one of the reasons we've seen so many accident lately in Corpus Christi.

"A lot of is people just need to slow down. Everybody is just in too much of a hurry to get where they are going. If you need to talk on your phone, pull over and stop. Stop and talk and stop and text," says Lt. Jay Clement, CCPD.

Speed is often the other culprit,which was the case early Saturday morning.

Police say Jerry Garcia lost control of his car and crashed near Weber and South Padre Island Drive. While Lt. Clement says it's hard to pinpoint exactly why there's been an increase lately in major accident. Distraction is often the number one cause.

"We've had ladies putting on their makeup. You know running late and eating lunch, eating dinner. I mean anything. When you are behind the wheel you shouldn't be looking at nothing else than two hands and focused on what's in front of you," says Lt. Clement.

And it was distraction that caused the back up Saturday afternoon on the JFK Cosway. A driver not noticing cars in front of him breaking. His rear end accident caused a chain reaction to several other vehicles on the bridge and sent one person to the hospital.

"Think about your loved ones. Think about the people you hit, their mother, their father, their son, their daughter. Just slow down. Don't drink and drive. Don't text and drive. Just get where you are going safely," says Lt. Clement.

While speed, distraction, and drunk driving seem to contribute to majority of death. Police say there is a way to save a life and people often forget, and that's buckling up.

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