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Posted on: January 19, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Traffic Tip Tuesday: Distracted Driving

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Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:
• Texting
• Using a cell phone or smartphone
• Eating and drinking
• Talking to passengers
• Grooming
• Reading, including maps
• Using a navigation system
• Watching a video
• Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction. Driving requires your full attention. It is not legal for anyone to text while driving. This includes composing, reading, or sending a message. The penalty for doing this is a $100 fine (Bismarck City Ordinance 12-09-46).
An individual under eighteen years of age who has been issued a class D license or an instructional permit or a restricted license may not operate an electronic communication device to talk, listen, retrieve, compose, read, or send an electronic message while operating a motor vehicle that is in traffic. The penalty for a violation of this section is a fine of $20 dollars (Bismarck City Ordinance 12-09-47).
The best way to end distracted driving is to educate all Americans about the danger it poses. If you don't already think distracted driving is a safety problem, please take a moment to visit www.distraction.gov and share these facts with others. Together, we can help save lives.


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