Published: Wed, April 05, 2017
Industry | By Faith Ward

Berlin police cracking down on distracted driving

Berlin police cracking down on distracted driving

It's also illegal for drivers to text while driving, according to CHP officials.

Organizers of a Project Yellow Light fundraiser to combat distracted driving were four Greenwich teens: Front seat passenger Will Jeffery, driver Quentin McDermott.

The Wildwood Crest Police Department will be participating in the statewide "U Drive, U Text, U Pay" campaign in support of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety crackdown.

Always give driving your full attention.

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Use an app that will block texts and calls while driving.

Data collected from hundreds of thousands of users found phone distraction occurred on more than half of the trips that resulted in crashes. Kiefer was hit by a girl who was speeding and distracted driving- the girl was said to be snap chatting while driving making her oblivious to Kiefer being stopped because of traffic.

National estimates by NHTSA, mark 10% of fatal crashes, 15% of injury crashes, and 14% of all police-reported motor vehicle crashes in 2015 as distraction-affected crashes. "We are hoping to go around to colleges and high schools around the state with a distracted driving stimulator to show the harm of it", said childhood friend of Mitchel Sheldon Wasik. "Just as it took a change in the driving culture through education and enforcement to reach a 98 percent seat belt compliance rate in California, so too will it take a multifaceted approach to eliminate distracted driving". "Law enforcement officers are watching to make sure people are doing what they are supposed to be doing behind the wheel".

"Law enforcement would rather see everyone off their cell phones than hand out a lot of tickets", said Rhonda Craft, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety.

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