UTICA, N.Y. -- Utica police and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are teaming up to save lives and make the roads safer from distracted drivers.
They’re launching the U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign during April’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
They’re reminding people that distracted driving is deadly and illegal, and from April 12 to April 16, UPD will make a special effort to identify and ticket anyone who is risking their safety and others.
NHTSA reminds you to:
• You’ve got one job: driving. That means setting aside all else: no calls, no texts, no food, no fiddling with the radio or navigation system, or anything that distracts from driving.
• Electronic devices are addictive. Be honest with yourself; if you can’t resist the ‘ding’ of a text alert, shut off your phone. Put it away until your drive is done.
• If your driver is texting or otherwise distracted, tell them to stop and focus on the road.
• Ask your friends to join you in pledging not to drive distracted. You could save a life.
• Share your pledge on social media to spread the word – #JustDrive.