Dover, DE – Delaware law enforcement recently concluded the first wave of their tough new high visibility distracted driving enforcement campaign, “Phone in One Hand. Ticket in the Other.”, and the results are in.
The Office of Highway Safety has announced that between November 7th and 20th, 1,830 drivers were stopped and given distracted driving citations.
“The State issued a total of 1,830 citations during this distracted driving enforcement initiative. We are particularly proud of our law enforcement partners throughout the State who joined with us to send a strong message about the dangers of distracted driving and for the excellent job they did in protecting the citizens of this State. Some police agencies including Greenwood, Newport, Oceanview and Smyrna made an average of more than one arrest an hour,” said Lewis D. Schiliro, Secretary of Safety and Homeland Security.
Even with the success of the first distracted driving campaign, not everyone observed the strong warnings. The Delaware Office of Highway Safety and all Delaware law enforcement agencies plan to continue their efforts to reduce distracted driving.
“As we complete our first wave of “Phone in One Hand. Ticket in the Other.”, we are beginning to see our message get through to Delaware drivers,” said Jana Simpler, Director of the Delaware Office of Highway Safety. “But we are committed to saving lives on Delaware roadways, and drivers should expect to continue to see us enforcing distracted driving laws time and time again.”
The “Phone in One Hand. Ticket in the Other.” is a year-long enforcement campaign to reduce distracted driving on Delaware’s roadways. The next special enforcement wave will be conducted in 2013.
Distracted driving consists of any non-driving activity a person engages in that has the potential to distract him or her from the primary task of driving.
Nationally in 2010, 3,092 people were killed, and an estimated 416,000 others were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.
For more information on distracted driving, please visit http://www.distraction.gov/delaware