Sheriff's Office Behind the Badge Newsletter Topic
Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on roadways. In 2012 alone, 3,328 were killed in distracted driving crashes. It takes 4.6 seconds to drive the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour. It’s also how long a driver’s eyes are off the road when sending or receiving a text. Distracted driving is defined as any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. Common distractions include:• Texting• Using a cell phone• Eating and drinking• Talking to passengers• Reading (including maps)• Using a navigation system• Watching a video• Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 playerBecause text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction. In Colorado texting while driving can result in a ticket without any other traffic violation taking place. Your first cell-phone citation will result in a $50 fine, and $100 for each subsequent cell-phone violation.
March 20, 2014
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