State launches campaign to address driver distraction

  • State launches campaign to address driver distraction

State launches campaign to address driver distraction

West Hartford Police will have additional patrols on duty beginning April 4, 2017, specifically tasked with enforcing the state's distracted driving laws that prohibit using handheld cellular phones or other mobile electronic devices while driving.

This is the first of its kind as part of a department wide initiative to address distracted driving called "You Text, You Drive, You Pay".

"We see people who are reading newspapers or books, and we've got those people who are grooming, whether it's applying makeup or shaving", said Pat Enderlein, a captain with the Dakota County sheriff's office.

There were nearly 50,000 crashes in Florida previous year that involved distracted driving, and they accounted for more than 3,500 serious bodily injuries and 233 fatalities.

Put away or turn off a phone before driving a vehicle. "Save yourself the embarrassment and expense of getting pulled over or, more importantly, maybe save someone's life".

"People are dying on Texas roadways because drivers are diverting their attention from the road to talk on a phone, send a text, post to social media or engage in some other distracting behavior", said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass.

"Younger drivers are more into texting than talking, so that's even worse since that requires you to take your eyes off the road for a significant amount of time", said Chief Reginald Chappelle, California Highway Patrol.

"Surprisingly, a lot of drivers who have been driving for a long time think they can do many things while driving or that they can drive fast".

Be a leader. When you get behind the wheel, set the example for family and friends.

Under current Washington law, it's illegal to text or hold your phone to your ear while driving.

AAA Oklahoma urges drivers to put the cellphones down not only in April, Distracted Driving Awareness Month, but all year.

Police across the state say leave your phone alone while driving or face a hefty fine.

Oklahoma Highway Safety Office reports there were 682 traffic fatalities in Oklahoma in 2016 compared with 645 in 2015.