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Posted on: June 26, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Texting drivers can expect tickets

Most of us understand the dangers of text messaging while driving, but studies show that even though the risks associated with this habit are startling, about 50 percent of drivers still do it, with those between the ages of 16 and 35 the most frequent violators.

Some facts to consider:

-Text messaging while driving increases the chances of being involved in an accident by twenty-three percent.
-Driving a vehicle while texting is as dangerous as driving while intoxicated, according to studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
-Texting while driving causes over 3,000 deaths and 330,000 injuries per year, according to a study by the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis.

By law, Colorado drivers are not allowed to perform any data entry or text messaging while driving a vehicle, including while stopped at a traffic signal or stop sign. The law does allow motorists to text from a legally parked position out of traffic.

In the interest of roadway safety, Brighton police officers will be increasing enforcement efforts on this issue starting July 1st. The enforcement will include uniformed officers patrolling in both marked and unmarked vehicles.

Avoid a ticket, and help keep the streets of Brighton safe - don’t text and drive. For more information, please contact Sergeant Micah Acker at 303-655-2356.

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