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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Vacaville police will join law enforcement agencies throughout the state to step up enforcement along with awareness efforts by the California Office of Traffic Safety to discourage distracted driving.

A statewide survey of Washington drivers found that 96 percent agree that using a cell phone while driving is risky, 88 percent said they don't check social media while driving and most said they do not read incoming texts.

"If you're not 100% focused, that's when bad things happen", Richardson said. Distracted drivers will be stopped and cited, with fines set at $162 for first-time offenders. Those tickets could also cost your insurance premium to rise, since information on cellphone infractions is made available to insurance companies. "Texting, phone calls and posting on social media are almost addicting", said Santa Maria Police Chief Phil Hansen.

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Miami drivers are the most distracted, using a phone once every four miles.

Lt. Travis Plotzer and Sgt. Charles Caplinger tell us there were 24,781 crashes across Tennessee where distracted driving was a factor a year ago, including 120 fatalities. But she adds that only 41 percent admit to feeling distracted themselves while texting and driving.

As National Distracted Driving Awareness Month begins, AAA Texas is launching a new, multi-year initiative that aims to reduce deaths and injuries as a result of cell phone use by drivers.

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"Texting while driving is more than just personally risky", the release stated.

"From an underwriting perspective, it is extremely important when we're going out to assess new business opportunities that we are looking at the quality of the company safety programs", said Amy Lochhead, Atlanta-based vice president and division underwriting manager at Liberty Mutual.

Using mobile phones was an illegal distraction, but police have warned that drivers could be diverted by drinking a coffee, eating, changing music or even turning around to children in the back seat. Experts say it took drivers an average of 40 seconds for drivers to complete. They'll be on high alert, focusing efforts on catching drivers who are talking or texting. Once you are safely off the road, it is safe to text.

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