From April 16 through the end of the month, special traffic enforcement in Wheeling aims to curb texting and driving by motorists. As they were driving to school at 60 miles per hour, the passenger showed the driver something on their phone.
Sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds on average, which is the equivalent of driving blind at 55 miles per hour for the length of a football field, the release said. "Texting, phone calls and posting on social media are almost as addicting", said Sgt. Mark Feller with the Visalia Police Department. This campaign is part of an ongoing effort to make our roadways safer.
"This year's study on the use of handheld cell phones and texting shows a decrease over past years, however, more work needs to be done to target those who were observed to still be breaking the law", said OTS Director Rhonda Craft in a statement.
If you receive a text message or need to send one, pull over and park your vehicle in a safe location, but "never‟ on a freeway".
"I was just focused on the road and then once I started getting text messages it was kind of distracting me a lot".
Designate your passenger as your "designated texter".
In today's social media-driven world, it seems like your life stops whenever you're forced to disconnect.
"U drive. U Text". Visalia PD will be deploying extra traffic officers with grant-funded resources throughout the month in city locations with higher numbers of traffic collisions.
A Distracted Driving Violation rings in at a minimum of $543 for a first-time offender (initial fine is $368, plus four demerit points adding $175). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states multiple factors contribute to traffic fatalities, but the risk of distracted driving, particularly due to technology, is growing.
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