(DES MOINES) The National Highway Traffic Safety Association has designated April as “National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
“The message is that distracted driving can kill,” said Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren. “Many, many crashes happen every year when people are injured or killed due to people talking or texting on cell phones.”
Cass County Sheriff’s Darby McLaren reminds Iowans that there are laws against the use of communication devices while driving.
“Iowa law states that no person shall use a handheld electronic communication device to write, send or read a text message, instant message or electronic mail while driving a motor vehicle, unless the motor vehicle is at a complete stop off the traveled portion of the roadway,” said McLaren. “For teen drivers holding a restricted driver’s license, it says they shall not use any electronic communication device or electronic entertainment device while driving a motor vehicle, unless the motor vehicle is at a complete stop off the traveled portion of the roadway.”
Nationwide nearly 6,000 people are killed every year and a half million more are injured in distracted driving traffic crashes. Each year in Iowa, an average of 10 lives are lost and nearly 1,000 people are injured in some 1,800 distracted driving crashes.