Distracted Driving Public Service Announcement From Chief Brown

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The Milford Police Department is beginning a campaign to aggressively enforce Delaware’s Distracted Driving Laws.  Milford Officers will be looking for illegal cell phone use while on routine patrol.  We will also have officers working special patrols for this purpose.  I would like to stress to all drivers the importance of using a hands free device if you must be on the phone while driving.

With the majority of people using cell phones, it’s no surprise that crashes involving drivers using cell phones has increased overall. Since Delaware passed the Electronic Communications Device law (Cell phone law) in 2011, more than 64,000 drivers have been issued citations.

In Delaware, male drivers are responsible for about 70% of all crashes. However, in crashes involving a cell phone, female drivers are responsible more than 40% of the time.

  • Crashes involving drivers using cell phones increases around lunchtime and continues to increase with the sharpest rise during the evening rush hour.
  • Between 2012 and 2015, 62% of cell phone related crashes occurred in New Castle County, 16% in Kent, and 22% in Sussex.

The Milford Police Department and Delaware’s Office of Highway Safety encourages everyone to remember the following when driving:

  • Put down your phone!
  • FOCUS! If your full attention isn’t on driving, it is a distraction.
  • Hands-free means hands-free. This means NO texting, checking email, using social media, or taking selfies or pictures.
  • Keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.

 

*Distracted Driving statistics from the Delaware Office of Highway Safety

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