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Del. Announces Final Results of Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign

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DOVER, Del.- More than 1,500 citations were issued to motorists during the third and final wave of a statewide distracted driving enforcement campaign that wrapped up this week, the Delaware Office of Highway Safety announced Friday.

The third wave of the campaign, called Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other, ran June 4-17.

The OHS said that so far, 35 municipal police agencies out of the participating 40 agencies, along with Delaware State Police, have reported a total of 1,562 citations issued during the third wave of enforcement. This brings the total number of Delaware cellphone citations issued as part of this campaign to 5,757, according to the OHS.  

Last June, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the OHS would receive $900,000 in federal support to expand the department's Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other pilot enforcement campaign to reduce distracted driving crashes. The OHS said the grant funded three two-week waves of enforcement, paid media to support the enforcement and evaluation of the demonstration project.

The OHS said Delaware law enforcement has issued more than 33,000 cellphone citations since the cellphone law went into effect in the state on Jan. 2, 2011. The OHS also noted that in 2010, cellphone distraction was a contributing factor in 199 crashes, 139 crashes in 2011, and 125 crashes in 2012.

The first wave of enforcement was held Nov. 7-20, 2012, and resulted in 2,152 cellphone citations issued. The second wave occurred April 9-22, and resulted in 2,043 drivers being issued cellphone citations. The OHS said that last year, Delaware law enforcement officers issued a total of 13,142 cellphone citations statewide. 

Delaware cellphone law bans texting while driving as well as bans the use of hand-held cellphones. 

Using a handheld device while driving can result in a $106 fine for the first offense. Repeat offenders face increased penalties up to $300.  Violations do not incur points on a driver's license. 

For more information on distracted driving, visit www.distraction.gov/delaware.

 

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