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DelDOT to Install Signs to Deter Texting While Driving

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Example of new signs (Photo: DelDOT) Example of new signs (Photo: DelDOT)

LEWES, Del. - The Delaware Department of Transportation is installing signs urging drivers to not text and drive as part of a large "It Can Wait" campaign.

The signs will be put up this week at rest stops along Route One and I-95 to remind drivers to finish their text, email, Facebook post, etc. before getting back on the road.

Tyler Justiniani is 16-years-old and just got his driver's license. He said although people his age are taught not to text and drive, most do it anyway.

"You just think, 'Oh, I'll just look really quick, and that it's not that big of a deal,'" he said. "But you look longer than you usually do."

In fact, four in 10 teens admit to checking social media while driving. Also, according to DelDOT, seven in 10 drivers use their smartphones while driving in general.

Jeb Crandell said he is one of those people occasionally.

"Yes, I have looked at my phone while driving, I try to keep it at a minimum," he said. "I do think it's very unsafe, I don't think people should be doing it, looking at their phone, if I'm doing it I usually don't end up finishing my sentence, I put it down and finish when I stop."

However, even amid the new DelDOT plan, Crandell said he isn't sure it will work.

"Probably not," he said. "But it won't hurt."

According to DelDOT, more than 200,000 accidents a year involve distracted driving as well as 5,000 deaths. Officials said the signs are a small part in the bigger aim of reducing these numbers.
 

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