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Friday, March 06 2015 @ 12:04 PM PST

Distracted Driving Challenge At T-Hill

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WILLOWS -- I didn't see the raccoon, frog or dancing bear while I tried to find a quarter on the floorboard and drive a California Highway Patrol car through a cone-marked course Tuesday.

In the real world, those animals could have been children.

As one of five reporters at a Media Distracted Driving Challenge, I experienced the hazards CHP officers warn of as I tried to text, talk, find and read while driving Tuesday at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows.

"It takes 4.6 seconds to send the average text," officer Tracy Hoover said. "That means at 55 mph, you're driving across a football field blind."

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