Distracted drivers beware in Mendham Township an elsewhere

Posted April 06, 2017

According to the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center, there were 7,516 crashes in Michigan during 2015 involving distracted driving, resulting in 28 fatalities and 3,472 injuries, a media release states. "That's way too many and those are the ones that just get reported as distractions".

To encourage all drivers to be aware and to drop the distraction, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Colorado State Patrol (CSP) are joining forces in a national effort to bring attention to the threat distracted drivers pose.

Buckle up, because seat belts are the best defense against a distracted driver.

There were nearly 50,000 crashes in Florida a year ago that involved distracted driving, and they accounted for more than 3,500 serious bodily injuries and 233 fatalities.

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. Agencies have pledged their support to help spread the message that distracted drivers are not only a danger to themselves, but everyone on the road.

"Our primary goal during the operation is to make the roadways of Maui County safe for the entire public to use by reducing the number of motor vehicle collisions caused by distracted driving", police said. A new survey out just in the time Distracted Driving Awareness Month compiled quite a list. That is a 9 percent increase in fatalities as compared to the previous year. On January 1, a law went into effect requiring all California drivers to keep a cell phone out of their hands while operating a motor vehicle.

The California Highway Patrol, the Office of Traffic Safety, and Impact Teen Drivers are also working to spot distracted driving. Some 42 percent of respondents said they "very often" see driver's texting.

Drivers who violate state laws on use of cellphones and other electronic devices may be fined $150 for a first offense, $300 for a second offense and $500 for third and subsequent offenses. "If you text, dial, or read a message on your phone while driving, you are endangering the lives of those around you, and you will be stopped", said Lt. Richard Noonan. The NSC is hoping that parents will take this opportunity to talk to their teenagers about the dangers of using their cell phones behind the wheel.