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Troopers to target distracted drivers in weekend campaign

Posted June 27, 2013

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— The North Carolina State Highway Patrol will be out in full force on Friday and Saturday in two area counties, but it isn't a campaign against impaired drivers or speeders.

Troopers in Halifax and Northampton counties will be looking for distracted drivers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,331 people were killed in 2011 in wrecks involving distracted drivers.

Distracted driving is any activity that could take a person's attention away from driving, such as eating or drinking, grooming, adjusting a radio, using a cellphone and texting.

Since the Highway Patrol started issuing citations for texting while driving, they've gone from 794 statewide in 2011 to 1,038 in 2012.

Campaigning against texting while driving is near and dear to the heart of Tracy O'Carroll.

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In 2011, she lost her daughter, 18-year-old Sarah Edwards, who was texting when she drove into the back of a logging truck in Beaufort County.

"There's got to be a way that we can get this out to other kids to keep parents from going through what I had to go through," O'Carroll said.

She's glad to hear about the campaign in Halifax and Northampton counties and hopes it will do some good.

"That call, that text – it's not important. It's not worth a life," she said.

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  • babysittersonacid Jul 3, 2013

    the technology does exist and it's not because of the phone. There are devices for cars that block the ability to text while the car is in motion.

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    And if you a passenger? How would that work?

  • bigbob987 Jun 28, 2013

    I pray they bring this to Wake,Durham,Orange,Johnston and Harnett counties as soon as possible. I cannot tell you the number of times on Glenwood Ave. I have seen wrecks nearly occur from people looking at their stupid phones instead of the road.

  • Bartmeister Jun 28, 2013

    "What about a hot female jogger?"- only allowed if you are a man, any same sex oogling won't be tolerated!! LOL
    dwntwnboy2

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    Makes it hard to disagree with an opposite view like DTB2 with a sense of humor like that. Cheers!

  • Bartmeister Jun 28, 2013

    Its NOT going to do any good to issue a few summons. It CAN be done by the Phone company by NOT allowing the phone to operate when moving. Simple, effective. NOTHING else will work well. TOO many are dying. Sammy
    sammyinva

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    Sammy, the technology does exist and it's not because of the phone. There are devices for cars that block the ability to text while the car is in motion. That same device also monitors and reports the characteristics of the car like speed. There is one on the market for about $80 and my child hates it so I love it.

  • unblankenbelievable Jun 28, 2013

    Ok, I get the part about texting. But if "distracted driving" in general is such a problem, just why isn't eating and drinking while driving also illegal? Just wondering

    Shhhhhh, don't give them any ideas, that will be next.

  • 678devilish Jun 28, 2013

    Well, I just hope they get these people who continue to chat or text on their cell. Also I hope they get the drunk drivers too.

  • anti-Hans Jun 28, 2013

    "Except then your phone doesn't work on trains.

    Or on an escalator or elevator.

    Or walking/jogging for that matter

    Not to mention the battery drain on every phone by keeping GPS running 24/7 to track movement

    Not to mention people can make calls over data- if you turn THAT off while driving you kill people using the phone for GPS.

    So basically it's a terrible idea in a bunch of ways."
    junkmail5

    WOW, HOLY COW, junkmail and I finally agree on something. Frequently I will be driving in my car and a passenger will be on the phone or texting. My girls in the backseat would be devastated if they could not text while the car is moving.

  • btneast Jun 28, 2013

    So many people overestimate their distracted driving ability and the only thing that will change that is when they either kill themselves or someone else. It's sad, really

    ...very few people think they will be in an accident. They think it happens to other people. Sadly, it takes a tragedy for them to realize it will happen to them too.

  • rescuefan Jun 28, 2013

    whatelseisnew, I normally don't agree with you on most everything, but I sure do on this subject! So many people overestimate their distracted driving ability and the only thing that will change that is when they either kill themselves or someone else. It's sad, really.

  • sweetlyght Jun 28, 2013

    "lol...next it will be...ticketing persons that drive with one hand....somebody needs some extra $$$ in their law enforcement fund..." wake_up_jeff_0

    Money from traffic tickets does not go to "law enforcement funds". It goes to run the courts, judges, DAs, clerks, buildings, and of course lawyers.
    thepeopleschamp

    Then we all better watch our backs. WSith all the Moral Monday Arrests they may decide it's time to crack down on people who blink while driving.

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