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April is Distracted Driving Awareness month

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The Boston roads where the most distracted driving events occurred all shared a common theme they are all heavily congested during rush hour which may be why drivers get distracted by their phones so often as they sit in traffic

Nonetheless, Americans continue to drive distracted and struggle to accurately assess risk.

During the month of April, law enforcement agencies throughout Somerset and Hunterdon Counties will be out in force looking for distracted drivers as part of the U Drive.

The Texas Department of Transportation says this is an example of a distracted driver.

During April's Distracted Driving Awareness Campaign in 2014 (the a year ago for which data is available), citations for illegal cell phone use while driving increased 197 percent.

Using a hand-held cell phone or texting while driving is illegal in New Jersey, but the practice appears to be widespread, according to a release.

In 2014, an estimated 3,179 people were killed (10% of all crash fatalities) and an additional 431,000 were injured (18% of all crash injuries) in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.

Be reminded that drivers in CT who are caught texting while driving or using a hand-held cell phone will face a fine of $150 for a first offense with increasing amounts for further offenses. Please stop. Parents, Distracted Driving Awareness Month seems like a great time to have a chat with your teens about safe driving.

Life360 discovered that drivers in the Southeastern U.S. are the biggest offenders when it comes to using cell phones while driving.

Four years worth of traffic crash data from 2012 to 2015 show on average, distracted drivers were involved in crashes 39 per day.

To avoid a $136 ticket, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission says to turn off your phone and put it in the glove back or have a passenger hold the phone. "When those notifications go off on your phone, you feel compelled to pick it up", Greenfield said.

According to a recent survey of Colorado drivers, cell phone use behind the wheel is an ongoing threat, with 22 percent of respondents admitting to reading a message while driving. Calmly let the driver know, but do not shout, grab the steering wheel or hand brake as this will only make things worse. That total includes 26 fatal crashes. Thus driving, and in particular defensive driving, requires us to repeatedly engage in a complex series of cognitive tasks.

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