Highway Patrol Issues 62 Citations During Distracted Driving Campaign

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

Distracted driving can be dangerous and deadly and it's why the Highway Patrol has been involved in a campaign the past two days to raise awareness about the dangers.

Troopers worked several roadways and issued a total of 62 citations in several NC counties for moving violations, including five for texting. Distracted driving not only includes texting, but also eating and drinking, grooming, reading, watching a video, or adjusting a radio, cd player, or mp3 player.

Highway Patrol says across the country in 2009, 5,474 people were killed in crashes involving driver distraction, and an estimated 448,000 were injured. While the two day campaign has ended troopers across the state will continue to monitor and enforce distracted driving violations.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2012 at 10:52 AM
    dont know you, but i love you lol
  • by screwed on Feb 4, 2012 at 04:44 PM
    Stare at them se how many arent wearing seatbelte- check there tinted windows-look in there parked cars for bottle holders- now its cell phones of course we know motor cycle law is for lnsurance companys like seatbelts
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Feb 3, 2012 at 11:15 PM
    NCLEO: Re-reading everything - Had an unmarked pass me this morning - cruisn 100 no lights or beacons running, on the phone it kinda looked like and passed on a a 2 lane double yellow - Of course got waaaaaaaaaay in front of me and then I met him (I guess it was a him) coming back running just as fast, no lights, talking on the phone........ Thought about you when I saw that.
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      by NCLEO on Feb 4, 2012 at 02:22 AM in reply to Shine
      That sounds like a perfect example of what I was talking about, Shine. Hopefully that officer will come to his senses. In my younger days just starting out in LE, I was just as bad for doing that...it took my very nearly running over a small child to wake me up to the senselessness of driving like that for no reason. Ever since that day, while in my patrol car as well as in my personal vehicle, I drive like a little old lady. Running fast is strictly a last resort for me, and always with blue lights and siren activated.
  • by Robert Location: Udanda on Feb 3, 2012 at 06:54 PM
    How funny..just today on Brick Kiln Rd I met a trooper talking on his cell...he didnt even stop completely before turning onto River Rd...oh..yeah..i forgot..he is the law..and above it obviously..
  • by surviviorofhis Location: Aurora,NC on Feb 3, 2012 at 05:17 PM
    Lite a cig. got cha, distracted! pull out of drive thru rest. grab a drink, got cha! turn your radio down, got cha! look in the mirrr and move your hair out of your eye got cha! distracted, turn on the ac or heat, got cha! distracted, both hands on the wheel, eyes on the rd! or got cha! distracted! adjust your mirror? got cha! getting rediculous as a road block to stop everyone for no reason other than to harras the innocent. got to love em!
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      by NCLEO on Feb 4, 2012 at 02:17 AM in reply to surviviorofhis
      Those "roadblocks to harass the innocent" also have a tendency to catch people who are driving while not being licensed to do so, or with revoked driver's licenses. In addition, they serve as a tool for LEOs to encounter, and thus apprehend, criminals who have outstanding warrants out for their arrest. Not to mention drunk drivers, allowing us to stop them before they can kill some of those same "innocents" that you mentioned. Does that not count for anything?
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Feb 3, 2012 at 05:14 PM
    The Texting while driving and the seat belt law are two of the most useless and corrupt laws around. It's not about safety. It's just an easy way to get more money into the government's hands.
  • by Calm Down on Feb 3, 2012 at 04:47 PM
    It is not illegal to eat and drink while driving. They were only stating those are also distractions. I like how they conveniently left out talking on a cell phone though.
  • by Sorry on Feb 3, 2012 at 04:40 PM
    Then they need to start enforcing blinkers and minimum speed limits too. Sorry they should go after the people that can't multi task. I have been texting and driving for over 10 years and I have never had a mishap or missed one beat. I won't stop no matter how many tickets they want to write.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Feb 4, 2012 at 05:57 AM in reply to Sorry
      Be very careful about bragging about texting and driving. You should be grateful you have made it this far without hurting someone else with your texting. You need to look at the photos of the people who died while texting and driving; many of them young. You keep it up, and you may regret your choice after it's too late.
  • by Framk Sinatra Location: Heaven on Feb 3, 2012 at 03:40 PM
    Looks like almost all of the 62 have posted now lmao
  • by Double Standard Location: Chocowinity on Feb 3, 2012 at 02:38 PM
    I've seen many patrolmen talking on their cells, looking at their laptops, texting, drinking as well. Does the law not apply to them?

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