Distracted driving crackdown planned in Wildwood Crest

Fatalities from distracted driving increased by 32% from 2014 to 2015 in Washington

"Distracted driving was responsible for almost a quarter of all auto crash fatalities in B.C. over the past five years, making this the second-leading cause of motor vehicle fatalities behind speeding and narrowly ahead of impaired driving", said Michael Weightman, Road and Safety Coordinator for ICBC.

"There's not enough of us", said Roman, of District 15, which patrols the tollways.

Also an increase of nearly 3 percent from the year before.

"The message is out, and people know that distracted driving is unsafe", said Dr. Kelly Browning, Executive Director of Impact Teen Drivers.

While mobile phone use is the most recognizable driving distraction, other high-risk activities that can take your eyes or mind off the road include adjusting a music player, grooming, eating or programming a navigation system.

Tickets are $150 for the first offense.




The new law if you can touch the phone you could be looking at a ticket.

Police will be paying extra attention to enforcing distracting driving laws as part of the national "U Drive".

CHP has begun a major crackdown for those texting and driving.

"Pretty soon I'm doing this and it's just like that".

An analysis by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety of 2009-2012 data found that while more than 80 percent of drivers believed it was completely unacceptable for a motorist to text behind the wheel, more than a third of those same drivers admitted to reading text messages while operating a passenger motor vehicle themselves. If you need to text, pull over and park your vehicle in a safe place first. Texting and driving in a work zone? "Take care of calling, texting, setting your Global Positioning System, and everything else before you hit the street". When you get behind the wheel, be an example to your family and friends by putting your phone away.

According to a media release, if you get caught using your cell phone while driving you will be fined $162.

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