Driver using phone hits cop enforcing distracted-driving law

Big Island Now file

Big Island Now file

While tickets for cellphone use continue to decline, the proliferation of smartphones has caused texting tickets to rise every year since 2011. When you got 50 to 60 percent of them who are addicted to their cell phones, we really need the corporation of the parents to sit down and explain to them the dangers of using that cell phone while driving.

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving.

The grant will allow extra deputies to be on patrol looking for distracted drivers as well as other unsafe driving practices.

In Minnesota, it is illegal for drivers to read, compose, or send texts and emails, and access the web while the vehicle is in motion or apart of traffic.

The #77 program was originally unveiled in 1995 as a tool to report aggressive driving on Garden State roads, and about 2,000 a month are received.

In addition, Cuomo said, the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee has released a new, animated public service announcement highlighting the importance of keeping your eyes on the road while driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported there were 244 teens killed in distracted affected crashes in 2013. In addition, 391,000 people were injured in accidents involving distracted drivers. Moore suffered a hand injury, police said. "If you're texting, you're not driving", he added.

The Milford Police Department is partnering with the Connecticut Highway Safety Office as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month to crack down on drivers who ignore Connecticut's mobile phone laws.

Stow loose gear, possessions or other distractions that could roll around in the auto so the driver isn't tempted to reach for them on the floor or the seat.

According to the division website, distracted driving "is a unsafe epidemic" on state highways, responsible for more than 817,000 motor vehicle accidents between 2010 and 2014.

According to police, violators of distracted driving laws will be stopped and cited with fines set at $162 for first-time offenders. Do not use cellphones while driving - whether handheld or hands-free - except in absolute emergencies.

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