In 2021, distracted driving killed 3,522 people in the United States. Distracted driving has become a deadly epidemic on our roads. Cell phone use-specifically; texting, talking and social media use have become the most common distraction.
Don't drive distracted:
- Do not talk or text on your mobile device while driving.
- Do not use social media or scroll through apps while driving.
- Just need to send a quick message? Pull over and park your car in a safe location first.
- Do not text on the roadway or at stoplights or stop signs. Legally, you can only dial a phone or use GPS at a stop signal/sign, anything else is a violation. AND if you are under age 18, you cannot use your phone at all, for any reason while the vehicle in on the roadway.
Struggling not to text and drive? Remove the temptation, put your cell phone in the trunk, glove box or back seat of the vehicle until you arrive at your destination.
Learn more about distracted driving via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: https://www.nhtsa.gov/node/2091
Drive safely and distraction free! Learn more about the Ankeny Police Department Traffic Unit, request enforcement in a particular area or submit a traffic violation complaint via our online form now: https://www.ankenyiowa.gov/311/Traffic-Unit