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Put down that phone! Police stepping up E-DUI patrols in April

April is'Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Distracted driving is one of the fastest growing safety issues on the roads today, according to officials of the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

You can demonstrate your support for Distracted Driving Awareness by using the #DriveHealthy hashtag.

This year, they plan to do the same. They can tap or swipe their phone if it's mounted in a secure place in their auto. For a first offense, drivers can be fined $150. Distracted driving laws also prohibit wearing headphones while driving.

Preliminary 2017 data also shows almost 22,000 drivers were involved in distracted driving collisions in California, a decline from the more than 33,000 drivers involved in distracted driving collisions in 2007, the last full year before the hands-free law went into effect. "Research shows that drivers are three times more likely to crash when talking on the phone, and 23 times more likely to crash when entering information into their phone".

Yet, more awareness to keep roads safe from the consequences of distracted driving increases in April during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Cruz said.

According to NHTSA, distracted driving is the third leading driver-related cause of crash fatalities behind speeding and driving under the influence.

Yuma,Arizona
Yuma,Arizona

The Pennsylvania distracted driving statistics include four summary citations, such as texting while driving, using a handheld phone, use of headphones and violating a prohibition on text-based communications. Nancy's daughter, Brianna, was severely injured when her vehicle was hit by a distracted driver in 2011.

Following the end of the General Assembly's 40-day legislative session last week, Gov. Nathan Deal has at his desk a bill that would make holding a phone while driving illegal in Georgia.

In Pennsylvania, drivers are prohibited from texting while driving, which includes sending, reading or writing a text-based message or e-mail, and from wearing or using headphones or earphones while the auto is in motion.

Know where you're going. Once you are safely off the road, it is safe to text.

Camera IconTwenty-eight people were killed previous year in crashes caused by someone not paying attention on WA roads.

"Tell" friends and family before they get behind the wheel so they don't text or call.