On person was killed in the crash and two others seriously injured.
Distracted driving, whether you are using your cell phone or just fiddling with your radio dials, is known to cause serious, often fatal, traffic crashes. Using your laptop while you are driving is no less dangerous.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, in 2011 more than 3,000 people killed as a result of distracted driving. This prompted the NTSB to suggest a nation wide ban on the use of all handheld devices would save lives. Some states have since issued their own handheld devices bans, others already had them.
But if a driver is committed to not paying attention, it seems unlikely that the threat a traffic citation is going to dissuade them.
James T. Yates, 29, died when a Kia Sedona minivan collided head-on with a Jeep driving the opposite direction, said Sgt. Trent Crump, spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department. Yates was a passenger in the minivan.
The driver of the minivan was seriously injured and was reported in critical condition, Crump said.
The driver of the Jeep, who was not wearing a seat belt, was also seriously injured, Crump said. The driver was expected to survive.
Police say that about 1:45 p.m., the driver of the minivan was driving north on Seventh Street near Northern Avenue and got distracted by trying to look up an address on a laptop computer, Crump said.
The minivan crossed over into oncoming traffic and struck the Jeep, Crump said. The airbags deployed for all three involved in the crash.