'U Drive. U Text. U Pay.' New Campaign Combats Distracted Driving

By: Kara Duffy; Midway Police Department Email
By: Kara Duffy; Midway Police Department Email

News Release: Midway Police Department
Updated: April 8, 2014, 3:45pm

Midway, Fla. - The Midway Police Department will be joining other law enforcement officers across the country in the first National Texting Enforcement Crackdown in an effort to reduce texting while driving.

The 2014 National Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign runs fron April 10-15, 2014 and officers will be cracking down on motorists who text while driving.

"People need to know that we are serious about stopping this deadly behavior," said Public Information Officer Chris Daniels. "Driving and texting has reached epidemic levels, and enforcement of our state texting law is part of the cure."

Florida's texting law became effective on October 1, 2013 and as a secondary traffic offense it carries a penalty of a $30 fine if caught in violation.

"We're committed to enforcing texting laws and educating the public about the dangers of it," said Chief Jerome Turner.

By: Kara Duffy
April 7, 2014

Thomasville, GA- Three friends, laughing together in a car. In a split second, tragedy strikes; all because of one simple text message.

'U Drive. U text. U Pay.' That's the message behind a new PSA by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

It's part of a nationwide initiative that's encouraging people of all ages to not text and drive.

"Any type of distraction while driving can cause an accident; texting, turning the radio up and down, even just looking at something in your lap," said Lt. Eric Hampton with the Thomasville Police Department.

The Thomasville Police Department is joining forces with thousands of other agencies across the U.S. for a nationwide crackdown starting April 10 through April 15.

"We will be observing traffic heavier and more closely," Lt. Hampton said. "We will be observing those drivers to see if they are indeed texting while they're driving."

Demetrius Spencer is a dad to a 7-year-old little girl. He says distracted driving is a major concern for him, especially when he is toting around his precious cargo.

"You can't replace a loved one," Spencer said as he hugged his daughter.

"I could be minding my own business riding down the road and somebody else be texting and hit me, and that's my life," said Jessica Holloway, a Thomasville resident.

Officers say violating Georgia's texting law can be costly for drivers.

"They could be issued a citation and it could require them to go to court or pay a fine and of course the ultimate price would be their life or someone else's life," Lt. Hampton said.

For more information go to: www.distraction.gov for more information.

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