From Newark Police
Distracted driving is always a major concern, whether the distraction is reading a newspaper, drinking coffee, or talking on the phone while a motorist is behind the wheel. Motorist must remember to use common sense when behind the wheel of a two thousand pound vehicle. Responsible use of wireless phones while driving is should be priority behind the wheel.
The safe operation of the vehicle you are operating is YOUR primary responsibility. Do not let anything – a wireless phone call, music, the kids, applying makeup, shaving, a newspaper, food and beverages – distract you from the safe operation of your vehicle.
Unquestionably, wireless phones have had a positive impact on public safety. Motorists can now call for help instantly and from almost anywhere. The Cellular Telecommunications Industry estimates that more than 100,000 emergency 911 calls are placed on wireless phones every day in America. However, drivers must not let this potentially lifesaving tool distract them from driving safely.
The Newark Police Department offers the following safe driving tips for drivers:
- Never text and drive!
- Don’t let a phone call distract you from driving safely.
- Allow voice mail to handle your calls and return them at your convenience.
- Pull off the road to a safe area or ask a passenger to make or take a call for you.
- Position the phone in easy reach.
- Use a hands-free device!
- Suspend conversation during hazardous driving conditions.
- Do not engage in stressful or emotional conversations while driving.
- Never take notes or look up numbers while driving.