Working Together to Stop Distracted Driving

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06 April, 2017

"That's way too many and those are the ones that just get reported as distractions".

Cromwell police will add special patrols this month that are geared toward catching drivers who are using their phones and other distracted drivers. While the survey shows 23% of drivers are taking pictures and 14% are recording videos, 93%claim they talk to passengers in the auto, 23% attend to children, and 21% attend to pets in vehicle, causing additional distractions.

Violating Hawaiʻi's Mobile Electronic Device law, which became effective on July 1st, 2013, can result in a fine of $297, or $347 if in a school or construction zone for motorists who use a mobile electronic device while driving.

According to data from CAPS, in 2015 and 2016 in Alabama, there were 34,949 crashes in which distracted driving was noted as a factor.

All of those distractions come at a cost, 68 people died in 2015 from distracted driving crashes. Agencies have pledged their support to help spread the message that distracted drivers are not only a danger to themselves, but everyone on the road.

“Studies show that drivers are up to four times more likely to be in a crash when talking on the phone (hands-free or handheld) and 23 times more likely to crash when entering information into their phones, ” stated the WTSC in a release.

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Officers will be enforcing phone and texting laws, as well as other vehicle violations, including Assembly Bill 1785, which prohibits the use of wireless communication or use of Global Positioning System unless the device is voice operated, hands-free, installed in the auto console or mounted to the vehicle's dashboard.

Although using a hand-held cell phone or texting while driving is illegal in New Jersey, the practice appears to be widespread.

The enforcement campaign, called "U Drive". That total includes 26 fatal crashes.

The study found that drivers between 19 and 24 were almost twice as likely as other drivers to acknowledge that they typed or sent a text message or email.

This summer, CDOT will launch a statewide, high-visibility awareness campaign aimed at decreasing distracted driving.

Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT), which analyzed hundreds of thousands of drivers' phones from real-world auto crashes, found that distraction occurred in 52 percent of all trips that resulted in an accident.


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