Date Posted: Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
Categories: Traffic Safety News
Did you know that drivers who use hand-held devices are 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves? It has become a common occurrence to see others talking on their hand-held cell phone or checking their smartphone while driving. You may even do it yourself. But there is more to Distracted Driving than just talking on a cell phone and texting.
What you need to know
Distraction occurs any time you take your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, and your mind off the task of driving. Any non-driving activity you engage in while behind the wheel is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing.
What you can do
OHS and Delaware Law Enforcement are teaming up to stop distracted drivers by collaborating on the enforcement and education campaign “Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other”. Last year, nearly 10,000 citations were written for violating the state’s hands free cell phone law.
Since the average fine is over $100, it is best to turn off the phone and put it away until you have reached your destination. If you need to make a call, pull off to a safe location.
Remember, if you have a cell phone in one hand, you may have a ticket in the other.
Drive Safe. Arrive Alive DE.
This message is brought to you by the Office of Highway Safety, who asks you to drive safely at all times. For more information on this and other traffic safety programs, go to www.ohs.delaware.gov.Related Topics: cell phone use • distracted driving • OHS • texting and driving • traffic enforcement • traffic safety
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