It's no secret that distracted driving has become a nationwide epidemic. Texting has become synonymous with distracted driving, but it's important to note that texting isn't the only type of distraction that can occur behind the wheel. Any task that takes your visual, manual or cognitive attention away from the road is a distraction. This can even include talking to additional passengers in the car. Drivers should also note that hands-free devices offer a false sense of security and haven't been shown to be substantially safer than handheld devices. Listed below are some common forms of distracted driving.
Some law enforcement officers have resorted to creative methods to catch distracted drivers. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, police officers in Marietta, Georgia are now dressing as construction workers at busy intersections to catch drivers who are texting and tweeting behind the wheel. The construction crew outfits gave police officers the ability to move through the intersections and glance into cars and trucks. It hasn't been easy for law enforcement officers to enforce texting-while-driving bans in the past, because it is so difficult to see what's actually going on in the driver's seat. This unconventional method allowed officers to see what was going on inside of vehicles.
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. During the entire month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will be running television, radio and web public service announcements about the dangers associated with distracted driving. Law enforcement agencies in North Carolina and across the country will also be stepping up enforcement efforts.