Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Officers target texting while driving

By The Herald Staff | 4/23/2014

Motorists who text while they drive might want to think twice about doing so in Franklin County.

The Ottawa Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office are participating in a statewide enforcement campaign — “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” — which runs through Sunday. As part of the effort, the county’s two local law enforcement agencies will have additional officers and deputies looking for drivers using wireless devices to text while driving, according to a police department news release.

The state recorded 107 traffic fatalities caused by distracted driving in 2012, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation. Sending and receiving texts takes the driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving blind for the length of a football field if traveling at 55 mph, the release said. 

The goal of the initiative, which is taking place in conjunction with National Distracted Drivers Month, is a reduction in deaths, injuries and crashes related to distracted driving, the news release said.

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