- Published on Friday, 01 June 2012 22:51
- Written by Super User
No Texting, Just Driving Campaign Focuses on Educational Awareness for the Motoring Public
CHARLOTTE – Colonel Michael Gilchrist, commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol announced the No Texting, Just Driving educational awareness campaign at a press conference May 27 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The new campaign is a safety initiative designed to educate the motoring public on the dangers distracted driving, particularly texting while driving, with the hopes of reducing traffic fatalities and injuries.
Although focused on all drivers, the campaign is especially focused on teenage drivers. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 6,000 people died in 2008 in crashes involving a distracted driver, and more than half a million were injured. In addition, younger, inexperienced drivers under 20 years of age have the highest portion of distracted-related fatal collisions. Sadly, in 2011, 120 teenagers were killed in traffic-related collisions investigated by the Highway Patrol.
“The Highway Patrol is committed to saving lives on our North Carolina highways,” said Col Michael Gilchrist. “We intend to educate the motoring public on the dangers of texting while driving. No one person or organization can by themselves, change this behavior. It is going to take the commitment from everyone to make this change.”
The Highway Patrol has designated June as the official “No Texting Just Driving” educational awareness month but enforcement and education emphasis will continue indefinitely.
Troopers across the state will focus on the dangers of texting while driving to the public through various means such as radio and television public service announcements, “No Texting, Just Driving” presentations, as well as the distribution of educational awareness literature to include campaign specific posters, windshield stickers, pledge cards and other informational items.
It is currently a violation of North Carolina law to text while operating a motor vehicle on the highway. A conviction could result in a $100 fine and court costs.