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Extra patrol out for distracted drivers

06 April 2017, 02:41 | Leonard Manning

Law Enforcement Agencies Cracking Down on Distracted Driving

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This summer, CDOT will launch a statewide, high-visibility awareness campaign aimed at decreasing distracted driving.

In 2016, CDOT introduced the Killer Habit distracted driving PSA as part of the Drop the Distraction campaign. "Too many lives are lost every year due to distracted driving", CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said.

Despite the fact that using a hand-held cell phone or texting while driving is illegal in New Jersey, the practice appears to be widespread, according to the press release.

Cell phone use behind the wheel continues to be an issue on the roads, and the National Safety Council is trying to stop people from using their cell phones while driving. Young adults, age 21-30, made up the largest group in those distracted driving crashes at 30 percent, and adults age 31 to 40 made up the second largest at 18 percent.

About seven percent of crashes in CT since 2015 have been attributed to some form of driver distraction, the DOT said. The number of people injured in these collisions for the same three-year period shows a steady increase: 10,078 in 2013, 10,540 in 2014, and 11,262 in 2015. "Beginning April 4, you will see stepped-up law enforcement efforts".

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Traffic deaths and incidents of distracted driving are on the rise, according to a study by AAA and data from National Highway Traffic Safety Office.

This year's distracted driving awareness month comes after news that fatalities from distracted driving increased by 32 percent from 2014 to 2015 in Washington, and a recent study by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission showing that 71 percent of distracted drivers are distracted by their cell phones - the most unsafe type of distraction. This is a nine percent increase over the previous year in the number of fatal crashes caused by distracted driving. But Pilcic said eight out of ten crashes happen because of distracted driving. Distractions can be visual, taking eyes off of the road; manual, taking hands off the wheel; or cognitive, taking the mind off driving.

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will join other law enforcement agencies throughout the state to provide educational experiences as well as "zero tolerance" enforcement efforts to discourage distracted driving.



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