NJ drivers say texting while driving distracting, but do it anyway

Franklin to crack down on distracted driving

"With more than 37,000 deaths on USA roads in 2016, we need to continue finding ways to limit driving distractions and improve traffic safety", David Yang, executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, said. Most importantly, teens are only 6% more likely to engaged in distracted driving behaviors than their parents. Signs will alert drivers when they enter the corridor and troopers will be focused on stepped up enforcement of traffic violations.

"It's not getting better, it's getting worse", he said. They can tap or swipe their phone if it's mounted in a secure place in their auto.

The final bill caps fines for first-time offenders at $50, but drivers could avoid a penalty by showing up to court with proof that they have since purchased a hands-free device.

"Lorain County Public Health works with multiple sectors to identify contributing factors to local crashes such as impaired driving, distracted driving and infrastructure", said David Covell, health commissioner for Lorain County Public Health said. From 2016 to 2017, the number of fatal crashes due to distracted drivers almost doubled.

"This year's study on the use of handheld cell phones and texting shows a decrease over past year".

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Bishop said that unless swift action is taken, he believes the number of deaths linked to driver distraction will surpass alcohol-related traffic deaths in the near future. 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.

Pennsylvania laws prohibit drivers from sending, reading or writing text messages or emails while driving.

Overall, distracted driving citations increased by 52 percent statewide a year ago.

"We never leave the house in the morning, expecting not to return at the end of the day, and you just don't know when yourself or somebody else is going to come across the line and hit you", said Mark Segerstrom, The Nebraska Safety Council's Roads Safety Project Coordinator. "Someone could run in front of you, cars move quickly so we have to make sure we pay attention".

"Tell" friends and family before they get behind the wheel so they don't text or call.

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