Person using cell phone while driving. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Next time you’re thinking of taking that text message or phone call while driving, you should consider the consequences: a $161 fine or, much worse, causing a serious or fatal accident. Is it worth it? Absolutely not, and local law enforcement will be out in full force to remind drivers of this throughout the month of April.
Texting or Talking While Driving-It’s Not Worth It!
Using a hand-held device makes a driver four times as likely to be involved in a serious collision.
Some studies have shown that texting while driving is equivalent to operating a vehicle while legally drunk in the extent to which it delays a driver’s reaction time.
Whether using a hands-free or a hand-held cell phone, drivers are susceptible to inattention blindness-which occurs when the brain isn’t processing what is clearly visible because the driver is more focused on the conversation than on the road-suggesting the risk of a crash is the same for both activities.
In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in distracted driving crashes and 421,000 were injured, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
April: Distracted Driving Awareness Month
During April, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be joining over 200 other local law enforcement agencies and the CHP to combat distracted driving in the county. They will be conducting high visibility enforcement operations on the 3rd, 8th, 17th, and 22nd.
Have you been tempted to pick up your cell phone while driving but didn’t recently? What stopped you?
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