Georgia Law Enforcement Launches Crackdown on Distracted Drivers
AUGUSTA, GA — According to a report issued by wrdw.com, law enforcement officers in Georgia announced that they would be on the lookout for distracted drivers.
Officers announced their increased patrol concentrating on drivers distracted by cellphone would begin on October 5, 2020. Local and state law enforcement agencies across Georgia will participate in the program. Georgia's law enforcement agencies joined forces with other agencies from around the country to identify distracted drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration heads the program and has designated October as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
Georgia's police officers will be on the lookout for any individual operating a vehicle while not paying attention. Distracted driving is more than looking at a cellphone. Distracted driving includes any activity that takes the driver's attention away from the act of driving. Under that broad definition, distracted driving is more than texting while driving. It includes tuning the radio and taking eyes off the road, talking with passengers, putting on makeup and grooming activities such as shaving, or even brushing one's teeth. Eating and drinking while driving may also be considered distracted driving.
The danger of crashing increases dramatically anytime the driver averts attention away from driving to something else. Cell phone use while driving consistently appears to be the most dangerous distracted driving behavior. Motorists tend to look away from driving for a more extended period while using a cell phone. The likelihood of crashing increases as the time the driver is distracted increases.
The total amount of fatal accidents in the state of Georgia has dropped in the two years since the government enacted its "hands-free" law. In 2018, the NHTSA indicated that 1,504 people died in traffic accidents in Georgia. The figures show a two percent drop from 2016 to 2018. Nationally, 400,000 people were hurt, and 2,841 people died in vehicular crashes involving a distracted driver in 2018.
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