Distracted Driving: What's allowed and what isn't?

Randall Padilla
April 4, 2018

"Distracted driving is extremely risky behavior that not only puts drivers and passengers in danger, but others out on the road as well", said Colonel Gene S. Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol.

Cape Breton Regional Police, in conjunction with the RCMP, recently used undercover officers to find drivers who were texting or talking on their phones or speeding or driving aggressively. That law restricts hands-free use to a single touch.

5,054 drivers were hit with $50 fine for distracted driving in Pennsylvania last year, up from 3,334 the year before. Those tickets could also cost your insurance premium to rise, since information on cellphone infractions is made available to insurance companies.

Only 12 percent of respondents said they use safety features such as "auto-reply" and "do not disturb while driving" despite the fact that they are available on many phones. Only 1 percent said they felt comfortable being a passenger in a auto with a driver who was texting, the news release said.

Drivers could still talk on the phone and use their navigation programs, but their phones would need to be mounted to the windshield or dashboard, not in their hands. Preliminary data provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety indicates that in 2017, almost 22,000 drivers were involved in distracted driving collisions in California - a decline from the more than 33,000 drivers involved in distracted driving collisions in 2007, the year before the "hands-free" law went into effect.

"That's what's more important", Tabson said. "They don't necessarily know how to coach their truck drivers who are delivering the widgets on being safe drivers".

"Distracted driving is becoming a serious epidemic as it relates to safety on our roadways".

The data was released as the nation recognizes April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. As National Distracted Driving Awareness Month begins, AAA East Central is launching a new, multi-year initiative that aims to reduce deaths and injuries as a result of cell phone use by drivers.

Sgt. Chris Richardson with the THP said, "Distracted driving is an epidemic in this nation, and it's showing no signs of letting up".

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