Georgia Law Enforcement Cracks Down in Distracted Driving
GEORGIA – According to an online news story posted at wgxa.tv, Georgia law enforcement officials were cracking down heavily on distracted driving during a nationally coordinated event. The law enforcement event helped to kick off Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which is in the month of April.*
Officials in the state of Georgia announced during a recent news conference in Perry, Georgia, that officers had been on high patrol across Midstate Georgia from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 11. During this timeframe, officers stopped more than 100 vehicles for distracted driving and arrested one person for driving under the influence.
The Georgia Department of Transportation says that distracted driving vehicle accidents have increased in the state of Georgia by more than 400 percent during the last 10 years. A total of 25,215 vehicle crashes happened in Georgia in 2016 because of inattentive driving, cell phone use, or distracted driving. This is compared to a total of 5,784 such crashes in 2006.
Officials at the press conference said that people are 23 times more likely to be involved in vehicle accidents if they are driving distracted. Recent studies show that distracted driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.
Since July 2018, it is illegal to hold a phone or other electronic device while driving in the state of Georgia. The Hands-Free Georgia Act, which went into effect last summer, aims to reduce instances of distracted driving by requiring all drivers to use hands-free technology. While distracted driving includes more than just cell phone use, phones are a primary contributor to road distractions.
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