California needs to get serious about distracted driving

Dianna Christensen
April 4, 2018

The Tennessee Highway Safety Office along with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, local law enforcement and other agencies collaborated in putting together the third Distracted Driving Enforcement Tour, starting from the Jackson-Madison County Health Department.

"It's extremely frustrating as a law enforcement officer who looks for the safety of people, the safety of our citizens, and the people that travel our roads everyday", said Martin. Joe Simitian, who authored the state's hands-free and no-texting laws, in a press release.

A Perth driver has been busted using their mobile phone while driving along Mounts Bay Road, this time during the double demerits period over Easter. In a News 5 investigation last month, our camera caught drivers on the highway doing things like eating, talking on their cell phone without their hands on the wheel, not paying attention and texting while driving.

Farrell said people generally take 1.5 seconds to react to something like a driver slamming on the brakes in front of them, or a auto crossing the yellow line.

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"Our roads can be a unsafe place, which means we all have to take great care", she said.

Throughout the corridor, ODOT will be placing signage alerting drivers when they enter the corridor and also informing them that this is a high enforcement area. Although much more still needs to be done, anti-drunk driving campaigns and related efforts have helped cut the number of alcohol-impaired crash fatalities in half since the 1980s, according to the National Institutes of Health. That how long it takes to send and receive a text message. "Our hope is that by taking the pledge to drive safely, people will be more committed to staying focused on the road, knowing how easy it is for distracted driving to become a risky habit".

Ed Sniffen, Deputy Director, State Dept. of Transportation explains what is classified as distracted driving. "Awareness programs like Every Second Matters and digital programs created to reward safe driving, powered by smartphone telematics platforms like TrueMotion, are critically important, as they take a proactive approach to curbing this deadly epidemic".

In 2017, more than 15,000 injuries came from the 26,000-plus crashes that involved "self-reported" distracted driving, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles said. Speak out if the driver of your vehicle is distracted.

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