Distracted driving is a serious epidemic across the country. As states struggle to identify the best ways to deal with this epidemic, many law enforcement agencies launch different methods to enforce distracted driving laws. To us in Washington state, learning about these different methods may help our own law enforcement agencies to identify better, more efficient ways of making sure the roads are free from distraction.
According to a series of news reports, the Austin Police Department has initiated a crackdown into distracted driving by traveling on a bus along the highway.
The reports show that the Highway Enforcement Unit in the city watch the road from this bus and, when a distracted driver is spotted, a motorcycle officer is called to the scene in order to pull over the distracted driver.
In the region where officers are carrying on with this practice, it’s illegal to use handheld phones while behind the wheel, but hands-free technologies are OK. Unfortunately, many drivers continue to use their phones while behind the wheel, even those who agree that the practice is dangerous.
Nationwide, distracted driving leads to thousands of deadly crashes each year. Much like in Washington, Texas drivers are still not putting safety before their need to stay on top of what friends and loved ones do by never putting their phones down.
While driving, your safety and the safety of your fellow travelers should be all that matters.
We hope this operation in Austin is successful, and we also hope to see more of these types of efforts to curb distracted driving in our own state. Our innocent drivers, cyclists, passengers, motorcyclists, and pedestrians are tired of being the victims of these incidents, and, if you’re serious about taking responsibility for your actions and being a good driver, you should also be tired of distracted driving.
For more on this operation and how these officers are working to target distracted drivers, watch the video below or click here.