Distracted driving for motorists take many forms, and of course, can be unsafe. "Awareness programs like Every Second Matters and digital programs created to reward safe driving, powered by smartphone telematics platforms like TrueMotion, are critically important, as they take a proactive approach to curbing this deadly epidemic".
This year, they plan to do the same.
"As parents, we give teens a hard time about being on their phones while driving, but we aren't much better", said Chris Hulls, CEO and co-founder at Life360. They can tap or swipe their phone if it's mounted in a secure place in their auto.
- Drivers interacting with cell phones to perform tasks like texting or surfing the Internet are two to eight times more likely to be involved in a crash.
"Texting and driving incorporates all three types of distractions". Last year, these distracted driving crashes accounted for more than 3,000 serious bodily injuries and 200 fatalities.
"Drivers are continuously ignoring their responsibilities behind the wheel, and distracted driving is a growing and deadly threat on our roadways", according to a police press release.
Local law enforcement says smart phones whether you're on the phone or using Global Positioning System, is still a real problem for drivers and that the consequences are simply not worth it.
"Do not text message".
According to court records, municipal police issued 55 percent all citations for distracted driving, while state police issued 45 percent.
"Too many drivers use their phones while behind the wheel", said Amy Stracke, managing director of traffic safety advocacy for AAA - The Auto Club Group and executive director of the Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation.
Since 2013, there have been 64,908 crashes caused by distracted drivers in Ohio. He pulled over a driver in Bluefield during his cell phone patrol.
A guest speaker at the announcement was Tina Yanssen, who pushed for anti-texting laws in OH after her father was struck and killed by a distracted driver in 2010 while taking his daily walk. "The bottom line is if you text and drive, you will pay". She says school shootings are getting a lot of attention, as they should be, but there's another disturbing highway statistic. Never call, text or play games while walking or cycling.