Distracted-Driving Crashes Increase Statewide

Posted April 05, 2017

Patrol officers will focus on distracted driving, specifically drivers using a hand-held device to talk or text. "People need to turn them off, put the phone away, and pay attention to driving".

"In that regard, I'm a student, "Hey come over here and help me with this when you're not driving, when I'm not driving", he said".

To better understand the dangers and consequences of smart phone distracted driving, AT&T is bringing its virtual reality simulator to more than 50 California schools and communities for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month this year as part of its IT CAN WAIT initiative.

The driver of a pickup truck that collided with a church minibus in rural Texas last week, killing 13 people, apologized after the crash and acknowledged that he had been texting while driving, a witness told the Associate Press. The nonprofit Governors Highway Safety Association has projected an 11 percent increase in the number of pedestrians killed in 2016 compared with 2015, and also cited smartphone distraction. "And you'll see influx of other state ads, like click it or ticket advising people it's inherently risky", said Traffic Sergeant Pat Smyth. "The cell phone is the main distraction and most obvious one". "Too many lives are lost every year due to distracted driving", CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said. It can wait. It's risky.

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According to an analysis by AAA's Foundation for Traffic Safety, between 2009-2012 more than 80 percent of drivers believed it was completely unacceptable for a motorist to text behind the wheel, but more than a third of those same drivers admitted to reading text messages while operating a passenger motor vehicle themselves. When you text and drive, you are a danger to everyone around you. Texting and driving in a work zone?

The Connecticut Department of Transportation urges you to put your phone down when you get behind the wheel.

If you get caught you could pay some hefty fines.