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As part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Chief John J. Bryfonski and the Bedford Police Department would like to remind residents to stay focused while operating a vehicle.
April is designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month by the National Safety Council. As part of the campaign, the Bedford Police Department is working to raise awareness about the importance of attentive and engaged driving, and is focusing on the dangers distracted driving poses to everyone on the road, including other drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2019 alone there were over 3,142 deaths as a result of distracted driving.
New Hampshire law prohibits drivers from using their phone while driving, including writing, sending or reading electronic messages, using apps or browsing the internet while driving, even if stopped at a light or in traffic. Operators are permitted to use hands-free technology including Bluetooth, “single tap or swipe” to activate or deactivate hands-free mode, navigation technology mounted to the car’s dash and phone use in emergency situations. Drivers may use their phones if they are stationary and not in an active traffic lane. Drivers under 18 are prohibited entirely from using mobile phones and other electronic devices while driving.
“Distracted driving puts you, your passengers and other people on the road at risk, and is the number one cause of crashes in Bedford,” Chief Bryfonski said. “Make sure to follow all the rules of the road, including the state’s Hands Free laws, and talk to your teens about responsible driving.”
The Bedford Police Department wishes to share the following recommendations provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to prevent tragedies due to distracted driving:
For more distracted driving safety information please visit the National High Traffic Safety Administration’s website here.