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Delaware Office of Highway Safety Ramps Up Enforcement of Distracted Driving Laws with Final Phone in One Hand. Ticket in the Other. Campaign

Date Posted: Monday, June 3rd, 2013
Categories:  News Office of Highway Safety Safety and Homeland Security

Dover, DE –Delaware Office of Highway Safety (OHS) and Delaware law enforcement agencies statewide will again be toughening up enforcement of Delaware’s distracted driving laws as part of the third and final wave of the Phone in One Hand. Ticket in the Other. campaign to save lives on the state’s roadways. Enforcement will take place statewide from June 4-17.

“Troopers will continue to emphasize that distracted driving can result in deadly consequences,” said Sergeant Paul G. Shavack, Director of Public Information for the Delaware State Police. “The key to stopping these predictable and preventable situations is through education and enforcement efforts, bringing awareness to the dangers and risks associated with distracted driving. Lives depend on it.”

Law enforcement issued 4,592 distracted driving citations statewide during the first and second waves of the Phone in One Hand. Ticket in the Other. campaign, according to the OHS.

“These numbers shed light on how distracted driving is creating dangerous and deadly situations on our state’s roadways,” said Jana Simpler, Director for the Delaware Office of Highway Safety. “We’re cracking down on violators to raise awareness that there are serious consequences for driving while distracted. If motorists will put their phones away, we can prevent crashes and save lives on Delaware’s roadways.”

Nationally in 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, and an estimated 387,000 others were injured. In the same year, 138 cell phone-related crashes took place in Delaware, and 9,842 cell phone citations were issued to drivers using their handheld device while driving.

Delaware OHS and 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.

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