Police Warn Greenwich Residents of Crackdown on Distracted Driving

Lynne Hanson
April 5, 2017

That's the message of a major campaign focused on distracted driving.

Put away the phone - or turn it off - before getting behind the wheel.

"In that regard, I'm a student, "Hey come over here and help me with this when you're not driving, when I'm not driving", he said".

Employing the aid of a bucket truck - courtesy the City of Chilliwack - police watched from above for distracted drivers during a traffic enforcement blitz on March 29. This includes about 3.5% of the state's fatal crashes and 9% of injury crashes.

Smyth said there has been an increase in distracted driving 3,477 people were killed killed and an estimated 391,000 were injured in 2015.

The new law if you can touch the phone you could be looking at a ticket.

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A bill that would ban texting and driving statewide is waiting to go to the Senate. It can wait. It's unsafe.

An analysis by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety of 2009-2012 data found that while more than 80 percent of drivers believed it was completely unacceptable for a motorist to text behind the wheel, more than a third of those same drivers admitted to reading text messages while operating a passenger motor vehicle themselves.

Until then, TXDOT advises to pull over to a safe location if you must talk or text. "Take care of calling, texting, setting your Global Positioning System, and everything else before you hit the street".

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 71 percent of young people admit to sending a text while driving.

No one likes to be criticized by a friend for doing something wrong, but it's even worse to get caught by law enforcement and have to pay a fine.

While driving to work or driving to school you may want to put the cell phone down before you get behind the wheel.

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