CHP study shows distracted driving is on the rise

Almost 150 law enforcement agencies will be out in force looking for distracted drivers during the month of April.

"The recent CDOT survey results highlight that while the distracted driving behaviors vary by gender or age, the distracted driving issue is not region specific and is truly a problem statewide", said Darrell Lingk, director of the CDOT's Office of Transportation Safety.


During 2014 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. Furthermore, drivers 31 to 40 years old were the second largest group of distracted drivers, accounting for 18 percent of distracted driving crashes. Erie Insurance, a national provider of auto, home and life insurance, recently conducted a survey of almost 3,000 licensed USA drivers, and found that about 60 percent of them believe self-driving cars will erase the problem of distracted driving. 2017 Distracted Driving Crackdown": "Burlington County Sheriff's Department, Burlington City, Burlington Township, Cinnaminson, Delran, Eastampton, Florence, Lumberton, Mansfield, Palmyra, Pemberton Township, Riverside and Westampton.

According to NHTSA, at any given daylight moment across the country, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010.


Officials say they hope public awareness and education will help curb distracted driving and the dangers associated with it. "You're up to 23 times more likely to crash, putting lives in jeopardy", said MDOT Motor Vehicle Administrator (MVA) and Governor Hogan's Highway Safety Representative, Christine Nizer.

Gina Bagnariol Benavides' sister was killed previous year by a driver police say was posing for a selfie with his passenger. Drivers can also learn more about distracted driving at http://wadrivetozero.com/. According to the policy, employees must pull over to a safe sport to take or make a call, check email or text. Listen to your passengers; if they catch you texting while driving and tell you to put your phone away, put it down.


"Distracted driving is a completely preventable cause of death or injury on our roadways", Fuchigami added.


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