Last month police in Marietta, Georgia dressed up as construction workers at a congested intersection to catch distracted drivers in the act. Most motorists paid no attention to the road crew working at the Cobb County intersection as the disguised cops busted distracted drivers.
Marietta police said if a driver is on a public thoroughfare and facing their phone, police will talk to them about texting and driving laws. Tickets for texting and driving are $150.
According to police, making good distracted driver cases are difficult because it’s hard to figure out exactly what a driver is doing in a car. With incognito officers investigating, Marietta police have a much stronger case, Serkedakis said.
It may be difficult to believe, but distracted driving is now becoming a greater problem than drunk drivers. It is time for the public, the government and non-profit agencies to devote time and resources to stop these preventable accidents and the deaths that follow.
A recent study conducted by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) found that drivers who text are far more dangerous than drunk drivers. TRL recruited 19 drivers and had them perform driving simulation tests. The results showed distracted drivers had slower reaction times by 35 percent. By comparison, drunk drivers displayed a 12 percent decrease in reaction time.
Since July 2010, Georgia has had a law prohibiting all texting while driving.