Tuesday, 27 June, 2017

Police Cracking Down on Distracted Driving in Groton

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Craig Ferguson | 07 April, 2017, 02:36

The Washington County Sheriff's Office has received a $9,000 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety for a selective traffic safety enforcement for Friday through April 16.

To report troublesome driving by calling #77, Porrino recommended motorists pull over, use a hands-free device or have a passenger in the auto make the call. After several years of steady increases in distracting cellphone activities, only taking pictures and recording videos saw significant increases this year. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the department along with other law enforcement agencies in the state of MI in collaboration with the Office of Highway Safety Planning will be looking for drivers who text while driving, and try to take a positive correction action.

The initiative will target motorists who engage in risky distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving.

"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2014 alone, 3,179 people were killed in distracted driving crashes and an estimated 431,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver".

"People are drifting in and out of lanes while they're reading emails or writing responses or texting".

In Michigan and Wisconsin, it's illegal to text while driving.

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Texting and driving requires motorists to take their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off the task of driving.

Dundov said State Farm considers factors like distracted driving when setting rates for drivers, but it carries much less weight than other characteristics.

Lawmakers agree that distracted driving continues to be a growing problem among California's motorists.

Put aside your electronic devices.

Make vehicle adjustments before beginning a trip - address vehicle systems like GPS, seats, mirrors, climate controls and sound systems - before hitting the road.

"That's an average of nearly 12 deaths a week, and the increase we believe is directly attributable to distracted driving", he said. If the driver is becoming distracted, speak up and offer assistance. Ensure other passengers act responsibly. Should an opportunity arise, offer to help. Would drivers make the call?

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