The National Auto Body Council (NABC) announced that its members will be hosting events and activities to promote safe driving throughout April, designated nationally as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
Sheriff Shaun Golden says that "texting and talking on a cellphone while driving is irresponsible and illegal".
A statewide survey of Washington drivers found that 96 percent of respondents agreed using a cellphone while driving is risky, 88 percent said they don't check social media while driving and most said they do not read incoming texts, according to a press release from the traffic safety commission.
"We need to change the culture of distracted driving in our state", said traffic safety commission Deputy Director Pam Pannkuk.
Yet, when drivers were asked about their own behaviors on the road in the last month, 44.9 percent of drivers said they read a text or email while driving, and 34.6 percent texted or sent an email while driving. "While most recognize the dangers created by taking your eyes off the road, they engage in distracting behaviors anyway, creating a "do as I say, not as I do" culture on the roadway". "Research shows that drivers are three times more likely to crash when talking on the phone and 23 times more likely to crash when entering information into their phone". And 34.6 percent were guilty of tapping out and sending a message, the survey said.
"There is a disconnect between what drivers do and what they believe". Driver inattention was found to be nine times more likely to contribute to a crash than speed.
Approximately 45 minutes later - and just a few blocks away - the same officer saw the same driver using his cell phone again, and another traffic stop was conducted. A bill outlawing the practice is now being debated at the capitol.
Yesterday, March 27, a Kamloops RCMP officer stopped a vehicle when he saw the driver using his phone, detachment spokesperson Cpl.
School bus drivers are prohibited from using both hand-held and hands-free devices, except in emergencies.