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Police Department to crack down on distracted driving in April

04 April 2018

"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA, which falls under the U.S. Department of Transportation, has designated April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month".

April had the third highest number of distracted driving crashes in 2017, followed by March and October, respectively.

This year, they plan to do the same. "The Travelers Risk Index highlights that drivers are categorizing distraction as "someone else's problem" when they are the ones who are actually engaging in highly risky behavior".

"In this case, it's kind of interesting that people know that it's not a good thing to do behind the wheel, but they also admit to doing it", said Jennifer Haugh with AAA Kansas. They can tap or swipe their phone if it's mounted in a secure place in their vehicle. There were 208 fatalities resulting from crashes in which distracted driving was determined to be a factor, but officials think the actual number is more grim.

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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.

"A lot of the companies I work with have an annual review process making sure drivers are reading policy and procedures", he said.

A new AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety survey found that 58 percent of motorists believed using a cell phone while driving is unsafe, but 49 percent said they did so anyway. The annual Traffic Safety Culture Index survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that 88 percent of drivers believe distracted driving is on the rise.

According to court records, municipal police issued 55 percent all citations for distracted driving, while state police issued 45 percent.

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The proportion of drivers who report talking on a cell phone regularly or fairly often while driving jumped to 46 percent since 2013, and 49 percent of drivers say they recently talked on a cell phone while driving. Arkansans can expect to see messages on television, radio, online ads and social media that have been created to remind drivers of the dangers associated with distracted driving.

"Sending a text message is a quick and easy way to communicate", FTPD Chief Richard A. Grammar said.

For tips on how to drive safer, you can visit the Tennessee Highway Safety Office HERE. "While driving, pay attention to the road, not your phone".

"Tell" friends and family before they get behind the wheel so they don't text or call.

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Police Department to crack down on distracted driving in April