According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 3,477 people were killed and 391,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015, the release says. "That's way too many and those are the ones that just get reported as distractions".
West Hartford Police will have additional patrols on duty beginning April 4, 2017, specifically tasked with enforcing the state's distracted driving laws that prohibit using handheld cellular phones or other mobile electronic devices while driving.
The Fontana P.D. will join other law enforcement agencies throughout the state to provide educational experiences as well as zero tolerance enforcement efforts to discourage distracted driving.
The National Safety Council estimates that within the last year 40,000 people died in auto crashes, making this the highest rate of motor vehicle deaths in nine years.
"When you drive distracted, you are putting the lives of everyone in your vehicle and on the road around you in danger", explained Col. Gene S. Spaulding, director of the Florida Highway Patrol.
On Monday, before the grant went into effect and in a span of just three hours, more than two dozen drivers were issued citations for distracted driving in downtown Fitchburg, Martineau said.
Fatal motor vehicle crashes in MA climbed by 13 percent from 2015 to 2016 - double the national average.
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"There's distracted drivers everywhere you go, as a matter of fact, it's becoming highly unlikely to drive and not see nearly everyone on a phone", said Len Surdyka of Wilbraham.
"The next time you decide to answer the phone or respond to a text, getting pulled over could be the least of your worries". This is a nine percent increase over the previous year in the number of fatal crashes caused by distracted driving.
A daylong crackdown Wednesday will be a prelude to a distracted-driving enforcement campaign run by the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety from April 10-23. Governor Roy Cooper recently proclaimed April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
Officers all around CT are expected to focus their enforcement on heavily traveled roadways and post "spotters" in undercover vehicles starting this Tuesday and continuing through out the month of April.
Although using a hand-held cell phone or texting while driving is illegal in New Jersey, the practice appears to be widespread.
Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT), which analyzed hundreds of thousands of drivers' phones from real-world vehicle crashes, found that distraction occurred in 52 percent of all trips that resulted in an accident.