Joliet police to crack down on distracted driving this month

Franklin to crack down on distracted driving

Local law enforcement says smart phones whether you're on the phone or using Global Positioning System, is still a real problem for drivers and that the consequences are simply not worth it.

However, a portion of the law also states that it does not apply to the use of hand-held technology in a vehicle when it's in use of an emergency, duties in their occupation or for navigation.

"Mobile phone use is getting a lot of publicity and that's part of the problem, but it's much more extensive than that", he said.

The law went into effect last July, and officers wrote hundreds of tickets in January, when the six-month grace period ended. Noble says despite their own behavior, almost 60 percent of drivers say talking on a phone behind the wheel is a very serious threat to their personal safety while 78 percent believe texting is a significant danger.

Farrell said people generally take 1.5 seconds to react to something like a driver slamming on the brakes in front of them, or a vehicle crossing the yellow line.

For drivers under 18, no use of personal communication devices, such as cell phones and pagers, is allowed while the vehicle is in motion.

Denver drivers are the least distracted, using a phone once every 6.25 miles.

"We LOST 3,600 students to texting and driving", Tanssen said.

"We've had a number of stunting charges laid in relation to Grand Lake Road, Kings Road and in Reserve Mines", Farrell said.

"Distracted driving is a growing threat as too many drivers are ignoring their responsibilities behind the wheel", said KOHS Executive Director Dr. Noelle Hunter. "Drivers must know that if you are caught texting behind the wheel, you will be stopped and fined".

From 2016-17, the number of reported distracted crashes rose 96 percent over 2015-16, according to statistics.

Higgins said the signs of distracted driving is similar to drunk driving.

The Santa Maria Police Department encourages drivers to wait until they are safely off the road before sending a text, and to never pull over on a freeway.

April of 2018 has been designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month by the National Safety Council, with a goal of eliminating preventable deaths on the road.

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