Put Your Phone Away, or Get Ready to Pay.
Forty-seven states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Gaum, and the Virgin Islands, have passed laws making it illegal to text while driving.
This April, as a key part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign, law enforcement will be hypervigilant, looking for distracted drivers and charging fines. Since 2007, drivers age 16-24 have been distracted by devices at higher rates than other drivers. Since 2012, female drivers are the most at-risk for fatal crashes involving distracted drivers, but we’re all at risk, and you can make a difference. Consider these tips for safe driving:
If you must send or receive a text, pull over to a safe location and park your car first.
If you have passengers, appoint a “designated texter” to handle all your texting.
If you can’t resist the temptation to look at it, resolve to keep your phone in the trunk.
Take the pledge: