East Coast Drivers Most Distracted Behind the Wheel

Franklin to crack down on distracted driving

Police all across CT will be out in full force cracking down on distracted driving.

East Coast motorists are more likely to engage in distracted driving than those on the West Coast. From 2016 to 2017, the number of fatal crashes due to distracted drivers almost doubled.

But likely the most common and unsafe form of distracted driving is texting, authorities said.

April of 2018 has been designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month by the National Safety Council, with a goal of eliminating preventable deaths on the road.

Miami drivers were likely to use their phones once every four miles whereas Denver drivers, which finished at the bottom of the list, were likely to use their phones just once ever 6.25 miles. Distracted driving crashes have increased 25 percent since 2013.

5,054 drivers were hit with $50 fine for distracted driving in Pennsylvania last year, up from 3,334 the year before.

"When a driver gets behind the wheel of a auto they should focus exclusively on driving", said DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes.

The Tennessee Highway Safety office has counted 228 distracted driving crashes so far in 2018, a 33 percent increase from this time previous year.

Drivers taking their eyes off of the road, taking their hands off the steering wheel or their minds wandering can cause critical consequences, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Pablo Cruz, who is assigned to the Elyria Post. "However, more work needs to be done to target those who were observed to still be breaking the law", said OTS Director Rhonda Craft.

"Texting while driving is more than just personally risky", the release stated.

In 2017, more than 15,000 injuries came from the 26,000-plus crashes that involved "self-reported" distracted driving, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles said.

"No one is a NASCAR driver that I know of so always be ready, be on the lookout and bob and weave when you can", said Carmichael.

About 58 percent of drivers say talking on a cellphone while driving is a serious threat to their personal safety, while 78 percent believe that texting is a significant danger. Only one percent felt comfortable being a passenger in a auto with a driver who was texting. "This campaign is necessary, now more than ever, to help combat the growing problem of distracted driving and its deadly results".

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