Statewide texting enforcement under way during Fourth of July holiday

dont-text-and-driveThe July 4th holiday is here, and the Kansas Highway Patrol has some important enforcement initiatives that motorists should be aware of.

On July 1, KHP began conducting a texting enforcement initiative that will run through July 10. Troopers will be out looking for drivers who are violating Kansas’ texting law, and will be citing those observed in violation. The Kansas law states on a wireless device, drivers may not manually type, send, or read a written communication, including, but not limited to, a text message, instant message or electronic mail.

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), texting while driving creates a crash risk 23 times greater than driving while not distracted. In 2012, an estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, this reflects a nine percent increase from the estimated 387,000 people injured in 2011. KHP and local law enforcement enforce the texting law throughout the year, but this holiday period, the patrol is placing a special emphasis focused on locating those texting while driving.

With the July 4th holiday, many motorists will be traveling across the nation. KHP will be out actively looking for impaired drivers. With many celebrations across the state, drivers should make sure they are designating a sober driver. Motorists are also reminded to wear their seatbelts and use the correctly fitted child safety seats, as they are the best defense in a crash.

For assistance on a Kansas highway, call KHP at *47 (*HP) or *582 (*KTA) for the Kansas Turnpike.


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