Warning for drivers after video shows distracted driving crash in Overland Park

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Police are reminding drivers to get rid of distractions after sharing a video of a crash caused by distracted driving. 

The video, shared by Overland Park Police Chief Frank Donchez, shows a distracted driver ramming into the back of another vehicle. 

The driver of the car was ticketed, and a passenger was taken to the hospital with neck and back injuries. 

Kansas drivers said accidents like the one shown in the video are all too common. 

"Everybody thinks that'll happen to somebody else, but not happen to them," said Chanda Rojas.

Her daughter will be behind the wheel in three years, and she's using examples like the crash caught on video to teach a lesson. 

"A split second is you running into the back of a semi, it's you running into somebody else's car with that one second that you look down," said Rojas. 

Officer Kevin Wheeler with the Wichita Police Department said the number of accidents in Wichita is down from previous years, but drivers still aren't paying enough attention to the road. 

"A car can be a weapon, so we want people to focus on what they're supposed to be driving which is driving," said Wheeler. 

In June, KAKE's investigative team took an inside look at texting and driving on Wichita streets.

Since 2011, the number of tickets for texting and driving has increased from double digits to triple digits. Tickets start at $130.50. 

Police are reminding drivers to get rid of the distractions. 

"It's not worth it, if you're receiving a text message, it can wait," said Wheeler. 

See KAKE News Investigates: Text & Die. 

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