Distracted driving growing as an issue

13 April, 2018, 02:07 | Author: Diane Mills
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Karen Torres shared a personal story of distracted driving Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, the findings suggest that distracted driving laws need greater enforcement, with only three percent of drivers having been issued tickets for using a phone while driving.

The New York State Police have launched a statewide crackdown on distracted driving, as part of April's designation as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. "It seems pretty logical that taking your eyes and your attention off the road to read and to type would be extremely unsafe".

Condon was patrolling parts of Kirkwood and the City of Binghamton looking for people who were texting and driving.

The dangers that come with distracted driving are common knowledge. There have been over 1000 tickets issued in the Capital Region alone. The questionnaire screened candidates based on how far and how often they drove, as well as whether they owned a cell phone. "When we get there and stop the auto, we often find the person isn't drunk, but they were texting and driving".

The California Department of Transportation will put distracted driving messages on the changeable message signs on freeways throughout April as well. Once a driver reaches 11 points, their license is lost. Earlier this year, Arity introduced a new feature producing the industry's first ever Driving Score based on distracted driver behavior.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,450 people were killed in distraction-related crashes in the U.S.in 2016.

The NHTSA attributed more than 3,000 deaths a year ago to distracted driving, calling it a unsafe epidemic, Egan said. (Distracted driving covers everything from adjusting the radio to eating/drinking to applying makeup and, you guessed it, texting or talking on your phone.) And texting has become a disturbing trend among millennials, with 16- to 24-year-olds using handheld electronic devices while driving at higher rates than older drivers.

The Long Beach Police Department will join law enforcement throughout the state to step up enforcement along with awareness efforts by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to discourage distracted driving.

Students from Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School attended Wednesday's presentation, testing the simulators immediately following.

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