Published: Thu, April 06, 2017
National | By Traci Kelley

Distracted driving deaths are trending, and not in a good way


"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2014 alone, 3,179 people were killed in distracted driving crashes and an estimated 431,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver". AAA reminds motorists that not only is texting while driving unwise, it's also against the law in Oklahoma.

Drivers should be aware of all state laws related to distracted driving, particularly related to the prohibition of using a hand-held cell phone while traveling through school or highway work zones.

A self-admitted distracted driver slammed into a mini-bus last week in Texas, killing 13 senior members of a church. Drivers can also learn more about distracted driving at wadrivetozero.com/.

About seven percent of crashes in CT since 2015 have been attributed to some form of driver distraction, the DOT said.

The number of pedestrians killed by a motor vehicle also rose in MA previous year, and nationwide, according to the safety council's report.

When you drive on any road or highway, there's one thing you're nearly certain to see - distracted drivers.

"Distracted driving due to smartphone use is intuitively blamed for the increase in road crashes and claims", Balakrishnan said.

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Editor's note: April is Distracted Driving Awareness month.

Maui police will join law enforcement agencies across the nation in cracking down on motorists who text while driving. So when you get behind the wheel, put the phone away, and encourage others who drive you to do the same.

Drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using a cell phone or hands free devices while operating a vehicle. Well, a new survey suggests one in five Colorado drivers read text messages when the drive, two thirds admit to watching entertainment on a mobile device and a third say they talk on the phone.

In 2015, there were 68 fatalities in distracted driving crashes.

Be reminded that drivers in CT who are caught texting while driving or using a hand-held cell phone will face a fine of $150 for a first offense with increasing amounts for further offenses.

The study found that drivers between 19 and 24 were almost twice as likely as other drivers to acknowledge that they typed or sent a text message or email.

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