Georgia Law Enforcement is Cracking Down on Distracted Driving
GEORGIA- Northwestgeorgianews.com writes that police are aggressively pursuing distracted drivers this month as part of a safety initiative. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is leading an effort to hold distracted drivers accountable as part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
While Distracted Driving Awareness Month is typically April, the authorities chose to postpone the efforts and events this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Distracted driving can include any behavior that involves taking a person's attention away from the road. Talking to other people in the car, changing the radio station, eating, and other behaviors in which drivers often engage in all are forms of driver distraction.
However, in recent years distracted driving-related to the use of cell phones, smartphones, and other electronics has become a major problem on the road. Officials state that phones are one of the leading causes of distracted driving and distracted driving-related crashes. In the most recent statistics quoted on nhtsa.gov, more than 2,840 people died in collisions caused by distracted drivers in the United States. Another 400,000 individuals suffered injuries in wrecks caused by driver distraction.
In 2018, Georgia enacted a law preventing drivers from using handheld electronic devices while operating a car. In 2018 the number of traffic fatalities dropped slightly, but when compared to the last five years, the numbers are still higher. In fact, in the five years leading up to 2018, the number of traffic fatalities in the state increased 32 percent.
The NHTSA states that it is important for parents to remember that their teenagers and younger children are watching their behavior when they are driving. It is crucial to have a conversation with new drivers about the need to avoid distractions behind the wheel. However, it is even more important for parents to lead by example and to put their phones down when they are operating a car.
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