KPD warns about distracted driving, gives date of when new ordinance begins

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A press release issued by KPD on May 31 details the dangers of distracted driving. The release also informs the community that the 90 grace period regarding their new city ordinance, prohibiting the use of hand-held devices while driving, ends on July 23, 2018. See the press release published by KPD in its entirety below.

“What Is Distracted Driving? Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, changing a radio station, entertainment such as cell phone games, using a navigation system and social media—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.

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Texting is the most alarming distraction. When you send or read a text while driving, it takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.

You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing.

In 2016, distracted driving caused 3,450 lives to be lost in the United States due to motor vehicle crashes. In 2015, 391,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. Vehicle accidents involving drivers distracted by hand-held devices doubled in Kerrville from approximately 17 in 2015 to 37 in 2017.

During daylight hours, approximately 481,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving. That creates enormous potential for deaths and injuries on U.S. roads. Teens were the largest age group reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes.

The best way of defeating distracted driving is by educating citizens about its dangers and enforcing laws against distracted driving that help keep us safe. Safe driving means driving without distractions.

On April 23, 2018, the city of Kerrville adopted Ordinance No. 2018-10, amending Chapter 102, Article IV, Division I of the City Code, to prohibit the use of hand-held portable electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle or bicycle. Drivers have a 90-day grace period during which warnings will be issued for violations of the ordinance. The 90-day grace period ends on July 23, 2018 and drivers will be issued citations if they are in violation of the ordinance.”

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