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Highway Patrol tackles dangers of texting, speeding, driving

Posted May 28, 2012

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— The state Highway Patrol launched a campaign this holiday weekend to crack down on drivers who speed and text behind the wheel. The agency is specifically targeting teenagers.

Troopers say the average person spends 4.6 seconds looking down to send or receive a text message while driving. Trooper Michael Dorsey knows first-hand: 4.6 seconds can kill.

"A 16-year-old female was traveling down a two-lane road, looked down to read a text message, crossed the center lane and hit a Ford F-150 pickup head-on," Dorsey said. "She was killed instantly."

It's stories like that which motivate Dorsey and other troopers to enforce the ban on texting while driving aggressively.

Trooper Michael Dorsey Highway Patrol tackles dangers of texting, speeding, driving

"If you're traveling at a speed of 55 miles per hour and you're taking your eyes off the road for about 4.6 seconds, it doesn't take long (before) you've covered approximately the length of a football field," he said. "There's no text message worth your life."

According to AAA, more than a million people traveled North Carolina's highways and roads this weekend. That made it the perfect time to launch the agency's latest safe driving campaign.

They plan to get creative over the next month, Dorsey said, and put more undercover cars on the roads. They've designated June as No Texting, Just Driving Educational Awareness Month.

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  • SARCASTICLES May 30, 2012

    They should lay off those teenage girls who text while driving.......after all, it's ok if somebody dies as long as they can text about that cute guy at school or what color they painted their toes. ;)

  • beaulahjackson4 May 30, 2012

    piene2 I am certainly not so naive as to expect them to make any useful contribution to the situation.

    There will come a day...... This must be through your own limited experience to the negative. My experience has been far different than yours obviously. Sad that you would lump them all into the same category. I guess it's like mechanics, some are honest, some rip you off, or plumbers, some are honest, some rip you off, etc., etc. My life has actually been saved more than once by the assistance of law enforcement (car accident & okc bombing), so call me naive if you want to but I guess ignorance is bliss.....sheer bliss to still be on this side of the dirt.

  • piene2 May 30, 2012

    "I am pretty sure you'd be very happy to see a law enforcement officer around if you'd just gotten mugged, stabbed, car jacked, or after a hit n run to your vehicle "

    Actually the only times I have called the cops was because my insurance would not pay off without a cop report. Other then that I have on particular use for them. I am certainly not so naive as to expect them to make any useful contribution to the situation.

  • beaulahjackson4 May 30, 2012

    piene2 Wow. Their are good cops, bad cops and cops that it's just a job (and a sorely underpaid one at that). I wouldn't risk my life every day like they do for less than 100K per year..and that will never happen. With our state & city's massive population growth traffic has become a ridiculous hazard. I for one am thrilled that they are finally cracking down or at least looking into enforcing traffic laws. I am pretty sure you'd be very happy to see a law enforcement officer around if you'd just gotten mugged, stabbed, car jacked, or after a hit n run to your vehicle or God forbid your person. I am sure some officers have the God complex and are bullies, but certainly not all of them.

  • piene2 May 30, 2012

    "Cops don't have to obey any laws. fayncmike"

    It's easy for you to opine about law enforcement, having never done it or walked a mile in their shoes. It shows how removed you are from what happens right around you that you are not aware of. Instead of constantly whining please take some time off and go join a PD somewhere and show us all how to do it.
    thepeopleschamp"

    Actually sir, it is people like you that exacerbate what is becoming a plague of cop misconduct nationwide. You put the cops on a golden pedestal, refusing to see their rotten underbelly and believing that they are here to help you. For the most part they are not. For the most part they take the job simply as a continuation of their bulling personalities which they learned as children. If we want to solve the problem, we need police review boards and we need every facet of police activity monitored closely. When they cease to be able to hide behind their badges, we will be able to bring them back under control.

  • jjordan231179 May 30, 2012

    It's easy for you to opine about law enforcement, having never done it or walked a mile in their shoes. It shows how removed you are from what happens right around you that you are not aware of. Instead of constantly whining please take some time off and go join a PD somewhere and show us all how to do it.
    thepeopleschamp
    May 29, 2012 6:10 p.m.
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    Very easy. I take the same approach you to do citizens. Since some cops are bad I have to expect all of them to be bad. Sucks being stereotyped doesnt it? You GED cops are so pitiful. LOL I had one of you little rookie cops try to detain me because the alarm at my job went off and it was reported that glass was broken. I said if I broke the glass to break into my own job why would I be sitting here waiting for you to come? Guy was a BLEEP. Probably you. LOL

  • thepeopleschamp May 29, 2012

    "Cops don't have to obey any laws. After all they have badges, great big guns and their pals will lie for them." fayncmike

    It's easy for you to opine about law enforcement, having never done it or walked a mile in their shoes. It shows how removed you are from what happens right around you that you are not aware of. Instead of constantly whining please take some time off and go join a PD somewhere and show us all how to do it.

  • rk1115 May 29, 2012

    I'm not denying it's against the law.. I'm just saying i'm still gonna do what I always do regardless.

  • jjordan231179 May 29, 2012

    rk1115 - seems a hit a little nerve! GOOD!!

    And, texting while driving IS against the law - just to make SURE you comprehend this. If the citizens on the road with you are lucky, you'll get a ticket.
    Southern Girl
    May 29, 2012 4:46 p.m.
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    How how cute. What other laws can the gov create for you? Maybe they can create a law telling you not to smoke crack. Wait we have that law too. Poor libs. Need a law for every little thing. I wont be texting, but just to irritate cops and these libs im going to do armpit pharts while driving.

  • Southern Girl May 29, 2012

    rk1115 - seems a hit a little nerve! GOOD!!

    And, texting while driving IS against the law - just to make SURE you comprehend this. If the citizens on the road with you are lucky, you'll get a ticket.

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