Distracted driving can have consequences

Caroline Beck
April 7, 2017

The Milford Police Department is partnering with the Connecticut Highway Safety Office as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month to crack down on drivers who ignore Connecticut's mobile phone laws. The lesson: Pay full attention to the road while driving.

In 2015, there were 68 fatalities in distracted driving crashes.

A day earlier in Howell, police said an 80-year-old driver blew through a stop sign because he was on his cellphone.

Nayvelt and his passenger, Lyudmila Nayvelt, 75, of Howell, were taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, where they were treated for minor injuries, police said.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

"This is another unfortunate example of the consequences of these violations", he said.

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As a result, a new traffic safety epidemic has emerged on America's roadways that demands immediate attention: distracted driving. They said four other people witnessed Nayvelt's Subaru run through the stop sign. The annual growth was equal to an average of 12 deaths a week.

"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2014 alone, 3,179 people were killed in distracted driving crashes and an estimated 431,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver".

Teens were the group most likely to be involved in distracted driving crashes. Previously, calling #77 was for reporting aggressive drivers. From 2015 to 2016, the number of reported distracted drivers rose 5 percent, following an 11 percent increase the previous year.

Dispatchers from the State Police's Regional Operations and Intelligence Center in West Trenton pick up the calls and forward them to the nearest police station, said state Attorney General Christopher Porrino.

More than one-third of smartphone owners admit to texting while driving and a fourth say they surf the web behind the wheel. When you got 50 to 60 percent of them who are addicted to their cell phones, we really need the corporation of the parents to sit down and explain to them the dangers of using that cell phone while driving.

"It's an issue everywhere", Frey said of distracted driving.

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