Put your phone away! Distracted driving crackdown begins Monday

Put your phone away! Distracted driving crackdown begins Monday

Put your phone away! Distracted driving crackdown begins Monday

CDOT is asking drivers to send in tips on its Facebook page to create a conversation about how to prevent distracted driving. Compiled through NSC surveys conducted over the last 12 months, the alarming driver habits and opinions could help partially explain why deaths are rising and underscore the importance of raising awareness, particularly in April which is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distracted driving enforcement initiatives have been developed to address problem areas on US-2 as well as the Mackinac Bridge.

The Texas Department of Transportation says this is an example of a distracted driver.

For the first time in almost a decade, preliminary 2016 data estimates more than 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes a year ago in the US and about 10 percent of those were due to distracted drivers.

If you need the Global Positioning System plug in the address before you start driving and use a mounted phone holder.

Distracted driving is cited as a major contributing factor in more than 817,000 motor vehicle crashes from 2010-2014 in New Jersey.

Beginning April 1 and running through April 21, the high-visibility law enforcement 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 Rutland Sheriff's Department says April 6 through April 10 is part of the U Drive.

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MI law prohibits Level 1 and Level 2 license holders under the Graduated Driver Licensing program from using a cell phone while driving.

Put Your Phone Away or Get Ready to Pay.

Texting while driving takes a driver's eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds.

Prohibit the use of cell phones when operating any vehicle on company business.

"The number of automobile crashes resulting in fatalities and serious injuries has increased significantly in recent years", shared Mark Konchan, vice president of Risk Management Services for Philadelphia Insurance Companies.

Have drivers inform regular callers of their driving schedules and when they will be able to talk.