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Texting and driving enforcement campaign begins Tuesday

The campaign reminds those behind the wheel of a vehicle that distracted drivers are not only a danger to themselves, but everyone else on the road. "We believe that through continued education and enforcement, the number of deaths and injuries can be reduced".

"Distracted driving leads to numerous motor vehicle crashes, but texting is by far the worst distraction, because it requires visual, manual and cognitive attention", said Michael King, director of public safety in Cinnaminson.

"To use another traffic safety example, it took almost two decades for drivers to make buckling up every trip a common practice", he said. "No text, e-mail, or social media post is worth a life".

Despite the fact that using a hand held cell phone or texting while driving is illegal in New Jersey, the practice appears to be widespread. The video equates distracted driving and our dependency on our phones as a digital addiction, often with deadly consequences. During 2014s distracted driving emphasis, cell phone use-related citations increased by 197 percent, with the citations costing violators $136 at minimum.

"Driving is a full time job and more and more people, even passenger conversation, can distract people".

Around 3,500 people were killed and almost 400,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in just one year, according to a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study.

Preliminary Massachusetts data shows a 13 percent increase in motor vehicle fatalities from 2015 to 2016 - more than double the national average according to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

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"The message is out, and people know that distracted driving is risky", said Dr. Kelly Browning, Executive Director of Impact Teen Drivers.

"Coloradans are not paying attention to how unsafe distracted driving really is".

The Foxborough Police Department will conduct a series of patrols created to reduce the number of crashes, fatalities, and injuries caused by distracted driving.

Anything that takes your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or mind off the task of driving is a hazard.

CHP will be enforcing zero tolerance efforts to discourage distracted drivers.

Just minutes into Officer Richards patrol duty on Monday, he catches a driver talking on his cell phone.

STATE WIDE-In Indiana, if you're over 18, you can talk on your cell phone while driving.

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