CHP study shows distracted driving is on the rise

About one in four drivers involved in a crash in recent months around the country were using a smartphone within one minute before the accident occurred according to a new analysis of data from hundreds of thousands of drivers’ phones

CHP study shows distracted driving is on the rise

The goal is to gain voluntary compliance by drivers, but sometimes citations are necessary for motorists to better understand the importance of driving distraction free.

Put away the phone - or turn it off - before getting behind the wheel. "But you can't be safe and do both at once".

Law enforcement officers from the Carneys Point Police Department will be cracking down on distracted drivers during April as part of New Jersey's UDrive.

That's the message of a major campaign focused on distracted driving.

Also, drivers are almost four times more likely to be in a crash when talking on a cell phone - either hands-free or handheld.

"Distracted driving is 100 percent preventable". Violators pay a $136 minimum fine.

CNA today announced its participation in Distracted Driving Awareness month with an education campaign to promote safe driving behaviors.

The most common distraction in these crashes were cell phones followed closely by other passengers in the auto, according to CDOT. "Just put the phone down".

If you're a passenger, hold the driver's phone.

"Everyone knows texting and driving is illegal and risky, and everyone knows they shouldn't be doing it - but we see it happen all the time", East Hartford Police Chief Scott Sansom said.

Under the new law, a driver may use a cell phone by swiping or tapping its screen only if it is properly mounted or not being held in a driver's hand.

There's nothing charming about teenagers using their phones while driving, either.

It's also illegal for drivers to text while driving, according to CHP officials.

Four years worth of traffic crash data from 2012 to 2015 show on average, distracted drivers were involved in crashes 39 per day. Distracted driving is the cause of 1.6 million accidents and about 300,000 people are victims of distracted driving each year. So in our educational programs at we are teaching audiences at schools and businesses how to protect themselves and those they care about from distracted drivers. "The notion that bad things happen to other people, but will not happen to us when we are distracted behind the wheel, is akin to playing Russian roulette".

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