TxDot launches "Talk, Text, Crash" campaign

Posted April 05, 2017

April is recognized as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Starting Monday, dozens of agencies across the state kick off a two week campaign focused on distracted drivers. The goal is to change motorist behaviors and save lives, not just in the month of April, but year-round.

"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.

"Refrain from texting and driving".

It is illegal to hold or operate electronic devices, including smart phones, while driving. "No text, e-mail, or social media post is worth a life". Lawmakers agree that distracted driving continues to be a problem among California's motorists.

The study found that in states like IL with laws against driving while using hand-held devices, the average time drivers spent on the phone was 3.17 minutes per 100 miles, compared with 3.82 minutes in states with no laws against hand- held use.

According to Life360, MS drivers use their cell phone while driving an average of 2.56 times per drive.

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Always give driving your full attention.

Gray said Greenwich Police could could give out endless tickets for texting and driving and never do any other police work.

Data collected from hundreds of thousands of users found phone distraction occurred on more than half of the trips that resulted in crashes.

Smyth said there has been an increase in distracted driving 3,477 people were killed killed and an estimated 391,000 were injured in 2015. This includes about 3.5% of the state's fatal crashes and 9% of injury crashes.

"In that regard, I'm a student, "Hey come over here and help me with this when you're not driving, when I'm not driving", he said. We are hoping to go around to colleges and high schools around the state with a distracted driving stimulator to show the harm of it", said childhood friend of Mitchel Sheldon Wasik.

"Beginning April 6th, you will see stepped-up law enforcement efforts". "Law enforcement officers are watching to make sure people are doing what they are supposed to be doing behind the wheel. And you'll see influx of other state ads, like click it or ticket advising people it's inherently unsafe", said Traffic Sergeant Pat Smyth.

"The theme is 'You drive. Apps are great, but not while you're driving".