Santa Maria Police cracking down on distracted driving this month

Santa Maria Police cracking down on distracted driving this month

Santa Maria Police cracking down on distracted driving this month

Ten years after "hands-free" became law, highway patrol officers say distracted driving remains a serious safety challenge in our state.

This Distracted Driving Enforcement event will run statewide until Thursday, April 5, with the goal of decreasing traffic fatalities. "The Travelers Risk Index highlights that drivers are categorizing distraction as "someone else's problem" when they are the ones who are actually engaging in highly risky behavior".

However, he said if they suspect signs of weaving in lanes or notice a driver on a phone while driving, they'd rather warn the motorist than to give a ticket. They can tap or swipe their phone if it's mounted in a secure place in their auto. Distractions can be visual, taking eyes off of the road; manual, taking hands off the wheel; or cognitive, taking the mind off driving.

Preliminary 2017 data also shows almost 22,000 drivers were involved in distracted driving collisions in California, a decline from the more than 33,000 drivers involved in distracted driving collisions in 2007, the last full year before the hands-free law went into effect. He pulled over a driver in Bluefield during his cell phone patrol.

A new survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that distracted driving is the biggest concern among drivers. "Distracted driving has been around since people first started moving around in vehicles - looking at a billboard, looking at an animal on the side of the roadway have all been part of distracted driving since we started moving around on four wheels". As National Distracted Driving Awareness Month begins, AAA East Central is launching a new, multi-year initiative that aims to reduce deaths and injuries as a result of cell phone use by drivers. However, texting is not the only distracted driving behavior; other risky driving distractions include putting on makeup, tending to children in the backseat, eating, tuning the radio, checking Global Positioning System navigation and even daydreaming.

Officers will conduct enforcement from April 16 to 30 in support of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, according to a news release from the Joliet Police Department.

A guest speaker at the announcement was Tina Yanssen, who pushed for anti-texting laws in OH after her father was struck and killed by a distracted driver in 2010 while taking his daily walk.

For tips on how to drive safer, you can visit the Tennessee Highway Safety Office HERE. "He wasn't paying attention as to what was going on while on the highway". Never call, text or play games while walking or cycling.

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