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Distracted Driving

Date Posted: 04/06/2024

Stone County, Arkansas- The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is launching a national high-visibility enforcement effort, April 3-10, 2024, to deter distracted driving. Law enforcement officers nationwide will work together to enforce texting and distracted-driving laws and remind drivers: Put the Phone Away or Pay. This effort comes during April, which is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
According to NHTSA, in 2021 there were 3,522 people killed and an estimated additional 362,415 people injured in traffic crashes involving distracted drivers.
"Distracted driving is a leading cause of vehicle crashes on our nation's roads, and most of this distraction can be attributed to cell phone use," said Sheriff Brandon Long. "People know using their phone while driving is dangerous and often illegal, but they do it anyway, and put themselves and others at risk. Drivers will see increased law enforcement efforts, as officers will be stopping and ticketing anyone who is caught texting and driving. If you text and drive, you will pay," he said.
Violating Arkansas's distracted-driving laws can be costly.

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