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The Blotter
With Sergeant E. Flax, NPD

“Of all governmental functions, the policing function is arguably the most visible, the most immediate, the most intimately involved with the well being of individuals and the health of communities” - Jeremy Travis, Director National Institute of Justice (1998)

Texting and Driving

As I sit in front of my computer thinking of what to write about this month, I was reminded that Downtowner Publisher Jack Armistead has been asking me for some time to do an article about texting and driving.

In this first article of the New Year, I challenge all of you to take a look at these statistics taken from www.textinganddrivingsafety.com and I challenge each of you to add one more New Year’s resolution to your list this year -- not to text and drive. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Fatality Facts, 11 TEENS die every day due to texting and driving.

Did you also know;
* Texting while driving make a crash 23 times more likely.
* Thirteen to 20% of 18-20-year-olds involved in a crash admitted to using their phone while driving.
* Texting and Driving causes 1.6 million accidents a year.
* It is six times more likely to cause an accident than drinking and driving.
* It’s not limited to only teen drivers, adults do it as well.

As we begin 2015, I encourage each of you to drive safely, and, as a reminder, Virginia State Code 46.2- 1078.1 governs Virginia’s law on texting and driving. Put this column on your fridge as a reminder.

Keep those suggesting and tips coming to: eric.flax@norfolk.gov and I look forward to seeing you Downtown, “in the Green Sector.”

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