Chief’s Message - April 24, 2019
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month... U Drive. U Text. U Pay!!!
Chief Constance Stanley and the Lauderhill Police Department joined the Florida Police Chiefs Association and the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles for this month’s Distracted Driving Awareness Campaign.
Texting while driving has become a problematic trend among teen and young adult drivers and a danger on our nation’s roads. In 2017, 8% of traffic fatalities were caused by 15 to 19 year old drivers who were distracted at the time of the crash. In fact, 3,450 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2016 alone, accounting for a 2.2% increase in fatalities as compared to the previous year. Nearly one-tenth of all fatal crashes that year were reported as distraction-affected.
It is almost impossible to go anywhere and not see a distracted driver behind the wheel of their vehicle. To help with this very dangerous and unlawful situation, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) teamed up with the Lauderhill Police Department among other agencies for a National U Drive - U Text - U Pay - high-visibility enforcement effort which took place between April 11th through April 15th.
The Lauderhill Police Department will continue to carry the message for all motorists to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel beyond the national enforcement effort. Join us in spreading this life-saving safety message. Focus on Driving and Put Down That Phone.
Want to reach for that cell phone? U Drive. U Text. U Pay.
Please follow these tips:
- If it is that important and you MUST send or read a text message, pull over to a safe location to speak on the phone or ask your passenger to read or write the message for you.
- Download a text-blocking app for your smartphone such as: Can Wait; Down for the Count; Canary; OneTap; On My Way (OMW) and AT&T Drivemode.
- Secure pets, children and personal belongings to reduce distractions. Drivers may try seating their pets, children and cell phone near the back of the vehicle.
- Pre-program your navigation systems.Instead of programming your GPS devices while you are driving on the road, you can reduce distractions by pre-planning your route.
- Turn your phones on silent mode.This will reduce the temptation of glancing at your phone.You may also switch your phones to a “Do Not Disturb” mode until you reach your destination.
- If you are addicted to driving and using your cell phone, put your phone in your glove box, trunk, back seat or simply TURN IT OFF until you reach your destination.
Remember...together we can help save lives. When you get behind the wheel put your phone away or you will pay!
U Drive. U Text. U Pay!!!
If you are addicted to driving and using your cell phone….Put Your Cell Phone in Your Glove Box, Trunk, Back Seat or Simply Turn It Off until you reach your destination.
Remember When You Get Behind the Wheel….Put Your Phone Away or You Will Pay.
If your friends text while driving ---- tell them to STOP!!!
For more information, call the Lauderhill Police Department at 954-497-4700 or visit: www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov