Are You 'Intexticated?' AAA Launches Initiative to Reduce Deadly Distracted Driving

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That distracted driver will be pulled over, and most likely fined. "We will do this through enforcement and education efforts like our new advertising campaign "Just Drive", reminding drivers to put down their phones and focus on the world". "But doing these things can have deadly consequences while driving on our city's streets".

Approximately one in 10 respondents reported being frequently distracted by technology while driving.

Last year, 13,997 crashes in OH had a reported distraction, including 51 fatal crashes, Cruz said.

"Distracted driving is involved in an average of 40 crashes every day in Colorado, and in 2016, those crashes resulted in 67 deaths", said Sam Cole, traffic safety communications manager for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).

"Everyone's always like don't text and drive but everyone does it until something happen and then they don't do it anymore because they have a story to tell", said Walker. The Clovis Police Department is joining law enforcement throughout the state to step up enforcement and awareness efforts The department encourages drivers to have a designated texter to respond to messages and keep drivers off their phones. However, AAA Foundation research says it's much higher, particularly among teen drivers.

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Roughly 49 percent said they have recently talked on a handheld phone while driving. That law restricts hands-free use to a single touch.

"That's what's more important", Tabson said. "We're trying to reduce the speed in areas where there have been a large number of vehicle collisions", he said.

Sending or receiving a text message takes a drivers eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving the length of a football field when traveling at 55 miles per hour. The increasing popularity of "infotainment apps" are causing even greater distractions as people shop, read news and catch up on sports, all while driving.

Troopers will be looking for those who are texting and driving and otherwise distracted behind the wheel. "Through the Safe Communities Coalition, we prioritize awareness campaigns and other interventions to ensure the health and safety of all Lorain County residents".

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