Police Going After Distracted Driving

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Operation Hang Up is a special enforcement effort to step up patrols and checkpoints.

Millennials are the most likely to be distracted while driving, with only 35.4% saying they concentrate while driving, compared to 38.1% of Gen Xers and 46.1% of Baby Boomers.

Drivers who need to make a phone call or check their messages are urged use a hands-free device or park their vehicle in a safe place off the road, when it is safe to do so.

Maryland Law only allows drivers to use their phones while driving in order to accept or decline incoming phone calls. This campaign is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In New Jersey, driver inattention was listed as a contributing circumstance in 52 percent of the state's crashes in 2015. "No message is worth someone's life".

Terri Egan, Acting Commissioner of the Traffic Safety Committee, explained how distract driving convictions will put five points on your license.

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Traffic officers have issued hundreds of thousands of citations over the past three years to those texting or calling on a hand-held cell phone.

NewsChannel 34 took part in a ride along with New York State Trooper Christopher Condon Thursday afternoon.

The newest Text Stop, located on the northbound Adirondack Northway (Interstate 87) between Exits 27 and 28 in the town of Schroon, Essex County, opened in October 2017. Observing April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the first week in April as California Teen Safe Driving Week, safety advocates will focus on education and enforcement efforts statewide.

To help bring attention to the dangers associated with driving distracted, the Rock Island Police Department, announced today it will participate in Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week (DDAW) and conduct an enforcement campaign of Illinois' distracted driving laws.

Preliminary 2017 data also shows 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 last full year before the hands-free law went into effect.

At the same time, the increased use of smartphones has resulted in an increase every year for summonses for texting while driving, police said.

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