Distracted driving can be deadly

Posted April 05, 2017

Chilliwack RCMP Traffic Services closed out the provincial Distracted Driving enforcement campaign with an eye in the sky approach to catch drivers breaking the law. "People need to turn them off, put the phone away, and pay attention to driving". Kiefer was hit by a girl who was speeding and distracted driving- the girl was said to be snap chatting while driving making her oblivious to Kiefer being stopped because of traffic.

So huge, the National Safety Council has designated April Distracted Driving Month.

The driver of a pickup truck that collided with a church minibus in rural Texas last week, killing 13 people, apologized after the crash and acknowledged that he had been texting while driving, a witness told the Associate Press. Those numbers represent a 9 percent increase from the previous year.

In Texas over 400 people were killed by distracting driving, over 3,000 injured.

"Locally we had a flurry of accidents where they drove off side of the road", Smyth continued, referring to a recent cluster of crashes where drivers had been distracted by their phones.

A recent study shows cell phones are the main distraction for more than two-thirds of distracted drivers in Washington.

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Texting and driving is now thought of being just as bad as drunk driving.

"Pretty soon I'm doing this and it's just like that".

Until then, TXDOT advises to pull over to a safe location if you must talk or text. "If you want to send a text and you have a passenger inside the vehicle have that person send the text for you", added Corporal Henry.

According to a media release, if you get caught using your cell phone while driving you will be fined $162.

Use an app that will block texts and calls while driving.