Craig briefs: Coffee and a Newspaper to talk retail vacancies

The Craig Daily Press will host its monthly Coffee and a Newspaper at 7 a.m. Wednesday at The Memorial Hospital. This month, Publisher Renee Campbell and Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley will discuss retail vacancies in Craig. Free coffee and pastries will be provided. For more information, call 970-875-1788.

Preserving the Last Frontier meets Saturday

The Preserving The Last Frontier will meet at 1:30 p.m. Saturday on the second floor of Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. The program will be given by Paul Bonnefield on the history of the Sand Wash wild horses and is open to the public. 

For more information call 970-824-6761.

Distraction causes 60 percent of teen crashes

An unprecedented video analysis conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that distraction was a factor in nearly six out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen auto crashes, according to a AAA press release.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration previously has estimated that distraction is a factor in only 14 percent of all teen driver crashes.

Researchers analyzed nearly 1,700 videos of teen drivers taken from in-vehicle event recorders featuring the six seconds leading up to a crash. The results showed that distraction was a factor in 58 percent of all crashes studied, including 89 percent of road-departure crashes and 76 percent of rear-end crashes.

The most common forms of distraction leading up to a crash by a teen driver included:

■ Interacting with one or more passengers — 15 percent of crashes

■ Cell phone use — 12 percent of crashes

■ Looking at something in the vehicle — 10 percent of crashes

■ Looking at something outside the vehicle — 9 percent of crashes

■ Singing/moving to music — 8 percent of crashes

■ Personal grooming — 6 percent of crashes

■ Reaching for an object — 6 percent of crashes

For tips and ideas to better prepare teens for drivering, visit

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