Pennsylvania Sees Increase In Distracted-Driving Citations

Franklin to crack down on distracted driving

The Clovis Police Department is joining law enforcement throughout the state to step up enforcement and awareness efforts The department encourages drivers to have a designated texter to respond to messages and keep drivers off their phones. Noble says this number is concerning because we know the danger associated with texting and driving, yet we are seeing an increase in the population of those who are doing it.

"If somebody is tracking out of their marked lanes or following a vehicle too close or they drive off the roadway for no reason, those are some of the violations we look for, " said Lt. Jerad Sutton, Commander of the Canfield Past of the Highway Patrol. According to authorities, driver inattention was a contributing factor in crashes at a rate nine times higher than that of the next highest contributing factor which was speed. Those tickets could also cost your insurance premium to rise, since information on cellphone infractions is made available to insurance companies.

RAC spokesman Patrick Walker said inattention was comparable to speeding and drink-driving as a leading cause of road trauma and it was frightening that more than half of the motorists aged 17 to 21 surveyed had admitted using their phone while driving. Only 1 percent said they felt comfortable being a passenger in a auto with a driver who was texting, the news release said. Distractions can be visual, taking eyes off of the road; manual, taking hands off the wheel; or cognitive, taking the mind off driving. Speak out if the driver of your vehicle is distracted.

"Do not text message".

Observing April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the first week in April as California Teen Safe Driving Week, safety advocates will focus on education and enforcement efforts statewide.

While local law enforcement says it's too early to tell how the hands-free law has impacted distracted driving in OR, one deputy with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office says he's noticed a difference since the law went into effect.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is cruising the highways across the state this week looking for distracted drivers.

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

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