"This campaign will focus on enforcement of applicable state distracted driving laws in addition to other traffic laws", the release stated.
Auto collision repairers are all too aware of the consequences of distracted driving-an important reason why members of the National Auto Body Council (NABC) are hosting events and activities to promote safe driving throughout April, designated nationally as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
This year, they plan to do the same. "We want to identify those drivers that have those high-risk behaviors where it's more likely they're going to crash". They can tap or swipe their phone if it's mounted in a secure place in their vehicle. First offenders can be fined $100.
Higgins said the signs of distracted driving is similar to drunk driving.
Perhaps the most surprising statistic coming from the study is that parents are almost as bad young drivers when it comes to distracted driving and even worse when their expectations are closely examined.
Cruz said it's tough for officers to cite drivers for texting because of the revised code.
Pennsylvania laws prohibit drivers from sending, reading or writing text messages or emails while driving.
For drivers under 18, no use of personal communication devices, such as cell phones and pagers, is allowed while the vehicle is in motion.
According to the news release, a survey of Washington drivers found 96 percent agree that using a cellphone while driving is risky, 88 percent said they don't check social media while driving and most said they don't read incoming texts. It is the third leading driver-related cause of crash fatalities behind speeding and driving under the influence.
Officers will have a special emphasis this month on enforcing all cell phone and distracted driving laws. "Our hope is that by taking the pledge to drive safely, people will be more committed to staying focused on the road, knowing how easy it is for distracted driving to become a risky habit". She says school shootings are getting a lot of attention, as they should be, but there's another disturbing highway statistic.
"Tell" friends and family before they get behind the wheel so they don't text or call.