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Delaware Law Enforcement Continues to Crackdown on Distracted Drivers with Phone in One Hand. Ticket in the Other. Campaign

Date Posted: Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
Categories:  News Office of Highway Safety Safety and Homeland Security

Dover, DE – Beginning today, Delaware State Police along with 39 municipal law enforcement agencies will again be cracking down on distracted drivers statewide as part of the second wave of the Phone in One Hand. Ticket in the Other. enforcement campaign to save lives on Delaware roadways.

Distracted driving consists of any non-driving activity that has the potential to distract a driver from the primary task of driving.  “It’s one of the most dangerous things you can do on the road,” said Col. Nathaniel McQueen of Delaware State Police.  “From April 9 through April 22, we will show zero-tolerance for people seen talking or texting on a handheld phone while driving.”

The Delaware Office of Highway Safety reported that law enforcement issued 1,830 distracted driving citations statewide during the first wave of the Phone in One Hand. Ticket in the Other. campaign. “While these numbers are a step in the right direction, there is still much more work to be done. We know that even one life lost or one victim severely injured as a result of a distracted driver is one too many,” said Jana Simpler, Director for the Office of Highway Safety.

Nationally in 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, and an estimated 387,000 others were injured. Forty percent of American teens said in a recent study that they have been in a car with a distracted driver whose behaviors put people in danger.

Delaware law enforcement has teamed with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for the special Phone in One Hand. Ticket in the Other. campaign to step up enforcement of distracted driving laws to save lives on Delaware’s roadways. For more information on distracted driving, please visit www.distraction.gov/delaware or www.ohs.delaware.gov/cellphone.

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