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Motorists: ‘buckle up’ and pay attention

Posted on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 9:39 am

Warm April days find more motorists on Missouri’s roadways. Some are on a mission, while others are just out on a leisurely drive to see the sights of spring.

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants to remind motorists that law enforcement will be out in full force on April 14, cracking down on unbelted motorists, and encouraging drivers to not drive distracted.

April is National Distracted Driving Month. This year, in cooperation with the “Click It or Ticket” enforcement day, drivers will be strongly encouraged to pay attention to the primary task of driving.

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from driving, such as texting, eating, grooming, or even talking to other passengers in the vehicle. All of these could be very dangerous. However, because text messaging requires visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most deadly distraction.

“In 2013, 117 seat belt and six child restraint violations were issued statewide during this one day campaign,” said Leanna Depue, executive committee chair for the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. “Wearing a seat belt can also be your best defense against distracted drivers.”

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