April 29, 2013

A distracted driving enforcement campaign was initiated by DOT- Delaware to get the cooperation of drivers to follow traffic rules for safety driving.

Officials of Highway Safety reported that there were more than 2,000 drivers apprehended and issued citations for distracted driving during the second state campaign from the 9th to the 22nd of April.

The campaign’s total was just over 4,000 citations which was almost similar to the targeted enforcement of the 1st wave.

According to the spokesperson of the Office of Highway Safety, Alison Kirk, the main goal of the campaign is the enforcement of state’s law on texting and hand-held cell use while behind the wheels; but they are also focusing on other distractions.

The law on distracted driving, also known as the reckless driving law issues traffic tickets for drivers who are applying make-up; eating; grooming; texting; using the headphone; or any type of distraction while behind the wheels that may cause them  to disregard the proper traffic laws.

In 2011 statewide, here were 3,331 fatalities from motor vehicle crashes involving drivers who were distracted while 387,000 people were estimated to have been injured.

Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the other program was scheduled for the 3rd and 4th wave of enforcement scheduled from the 4th to the 22nd of June.

In the year 2012, Delaware’s Office of Highway Safety reported 116 traffic fatalities in the state that was a12% more than 2011.There were around 30 pedestrians dead in the year 2012 as compared to only 19 in the year 2011, and last year, there were about four bicyclists killed while no fatality was reported in 2011.

The increase is a very bad sign, according to Lewis Schiliro who is the incumbent Secretary of Safety and Homeland. He added that there is a need to emphasize safety of pedestrians.

Last authorities reported that there 4,900 DUI arrests made in Delaware last year, that was an increase of nearly 700. From 2006-2009, the DUI arrests were lower than the usual yearly arrest of around 6,000.

Issued by local law enforcement were 4,195 citations issued to motorists for texting or talking with a hand-held mobile during the 1st and 2nd wave campaign in of the Phone in One Hand: Ticket in the Other.

There were over 339 cell phone tickets issued during the April 2012 celebration of National Distracted Driving Awareness when Delaware initiated enforcement initiative.

There were around 9,842 tickets issued in 2012 to Delaware drivers caught using the cell phones while driving.

Primary laws of Delaware do not allow all drivers to text or to use cell phones held on hand while driving unless they are using hands-free devices. This means that in Delaware’s primary laws, officers can issue tickets to drivers for offense sans any other traffic violation taking place.

The State does not allow the use of cell phone for all drivers, but DOT-Delaware bans the use of cell phone for the following drivers: neophyte drivers possessing student’s permit and/or those holders of immediate license and all school bus drivers.

If you have received a traffic ticket for traffic lawyer in Delaware, please contact an experienced traffic ticket lawyer. Protect your right to drive legally

Source: WDDE Org

(http://www.wdde.org/43327-distracted-driving)

Source: Claims Journal Com

(http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/east/2013/01/17/221165.htm)

Source: Distraction.gov

(http://www.distraction.gov/delaware/law/)





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