MPD Distracted Driving – Texting – Campaign
From the Minneapolis Police Department:
Beginning today – April 18th, Minneapolis and metro wide police officers will begin a campaign to reduce distracted driving. In the last three years distracted teen drivers were involved in crashes that resulted in 25 deaths and 4,505 injuries.
Driver distraction is a leading crash factor in Minnesota, accounting for around 20 percent of all crashes annually, resulting in at least 70 deaths and 350 injuries, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety.
In Minnesota, it is illegal for ALL DRIVERS to read, compose or send texts/emails, and access the Web on a wireless device while the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic, such as at a stoplight or stuck in traffic. It is also ILLEGAL FOR DRIVERS UNDER AGE 18 TO USE A CELL PHONE AT ANY TIME.
Distractions cause drivers to react more slowly to traffic conditions or events, such as a vehicle stopping or pulling out in traffic. A University of Utah study reports that using a cell phone while driving, whether hands-free or hand-held, delays a driver’s reactions as much as having an alcohol-concentration level of 0.08 percent.
When texting, drivers take their eyes off the road for up to 4.6 out of every 6 seconds — equivalent to traveling the length of a football field at 55 mph hours without looking up.
Minneapolis Police Department underscores driver distractions include reaching for items, fiddling with radio/music/vehicle controls, eating/drinking, dealing with rowdy passengers, grooming and more.