Law enforcement brings awareness to distracted driving

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Being distracted behind the wheel could be a life or death situation.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness month.

It is against the law in North Carolina for drivers under the age of 18 to use a mobile phone or any technology associated with a mobile telephone while a vehicle is in motion.

When we say distracted driving, it goes far beyond texting and driving even though that is a big part of it.

Distracted driving can be texting, eating, grooming, playing with the radio or GPS, anything that takes your mind and eyes off of the road.

Captain Ray Waters with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office said, “Avoiding that accident is not just for you, but it is for everyone else on the road. It could be your aunt or uncle coming, or it could be a complete stranger but remember that everyone is out there and not just yourself.” He went on to say, “I see distracted driving every day unfortunately, does it always cause an accident, no, but that can happen in less than a second and if we avoid the distraction, we are avoiding that accident.”

William Best is an Ayden Police Officer, he said, “You might not have seen that vehicle pull out in front of you and at that point your reactionary time, you don’t have time to stop so with the speed you’re going, you could take someone’s life.”

With distracted driving comes certain penalties and fees depending on how serious the situation is, there are different state and local regulations.

You could be looking at a court date and having to pay several $100 dollars.

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