Morrisville police hit the roads looking for distracted drivers on Thursday

Wake County News

MORRISVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — The Morrisville Police Department is working to prevent distracted driving on some of Morrisville’s busiest streets. 

Thursday they conducted their “Distracted Driver Initiative” on Morrisville Parkway.

Officers focused their patrols on the area around Morrisville Parkway and Davis Drive as they looked for distracted drivers.

“Distracted driving makes up for approximately 20% of the crashes in the state of North Carolina and it’s becoming an issue,” said Gerald Morris with the Morrisville Police Department.

Morris says distracted driving is a major issue. The National Highway Safety Administration says distracted driving claimed the lives of over 3,000 people in 2019. The police department wants to prevent that from happening in Morrisville.

An estimated 400,000 people were hurt in crashes involving distracted drivers in 2018 – and that should give you a good idea about why police want to send the message to stop distracted driving.

 “If you take your eyes off the road for five seconds, I think it’s 55 miles an hour, you can travel a football field. That’s a long distance. Five seconds is a short amount of time, anything can happen in that time frame.”

Taking your eyes off the road can lead to serious crashes.

Morris says distracted driving isn’t just making a phone call or sending a text.

 “Eating food with both hands or applying make-up with both hands, anything that takes them completely out driving safely.”

Whatever the reason, distracted driving can have serious consequences.

If you do get caught driving distracted it can come with a hefty $100 fine. 

“All those things can wait. Keep your eyes on the road and be as safe as possible.”

The Morrisville Police Department says don’t be a distracted driver. Silence your phone before driving so you won’t be tempted and always keep your eyes on the road.  

Officers conducted 18 traffic stops and gave 16 verbal warnings.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the most alarming distraction is texting while driving.

Morrisville police patrolled the area from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday with other dates TBA.

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