Law enforcement cracking down on distracted driving

Franklin to crack down on distracted driving

Texting and driving and other forms of distracted driving has increased nationally, state-wide and county-wide, although laws are enforced, he said. Distracted drivers - as measured by significant interactions with a phone's screen while driving a vehicle - were found to be four times more likely to speed and 40 percent more likely to hard break than those who were not distracted. That law restricts hands-free use to a single touch.

CHP's PIO Robert Rodriguez says people need to be aware they are not allowed to even hold their phone after a law passed in 2017. Those tickets could also cost your insurance premium to rise, since information on cellphone infractions is made available to insurance companies. Despite their own behavior, most drivers (nearly 58 percent) say talking on a cell phone while behind the wheel is a very serious threat to their personal safety, while 78 percent believe that texting is a significant danger. Only 1 percent said they felt comfortable being a passenger in a vehicle with a driver who was texting, the news release said.

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

From 2016-17, the number of reported distracted crashes rose 96 percent over 2015-16, according to statistics. The victor will be announced on April 18 in conjunction with Distracted Driving Awareness Month.




"Distracted Driving Intervention" report, which looked at a total of 45 billion miles driven by Life360 users, is the largest distracted driving survey to date.

"Our roads can be a unsafe place, which means we all have to take great care", she said. The goal is to increase voluntary compliance by drivers, but sometimes citations are necessary for motorists to better understand the importance of driving distraction dangers.

Cruz said it's tough for officers to cite drivers for texting because of the revised code. "We want to identify those drivers that have those high-risk behaviors where it's more likely they're going to crash".

The Santa Maria Police Department encourages drivers to wait until they are safely off the road before sending a text, and to never pull over on a freeway.

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