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Cell phone use is the top driving distraction and leading cause in fatal car crashes. Texting isn’t the only distracted driving behavior. Checking and posting to social media, browsing music play lists, reading emails, talking to passengers, eating and drinking, grooming, all are behaviors that can result in a fatal injury or crash.

Quick Facts

Looking away from the road for just two seconds doubles the risk of a crash.

Five seconds of reading an email or text is like driving 55 mph the length of a football field blindfolded.

Mental distractions last longer than you think. Mental distraction can last up to 27 seconds after dialing, texting or changing the radio station.

New teen drivers are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash.

In 2021, the people of Shelby supported the efforts of the Shelby/Toole County Transportation Safety Committee to enact Ordinance 840, an ordinance to prohibit drivers of motor vehicles from using cell phones, two-way radios and other electronic communication devices except under the following circumstances: 

Drivers using a hands-free device, drivers making an emergency call to 911, law enforcement and other first responders and drivers using a two-way radio for work related purposes. 

To read the complete article, pick up a copy of this week’s issue or subscribe to the Shelby Promoter, Cut Bank Pioneer Press,  Browning Glacier Reporter and The Valierian newspapers at http://www.cutbankpioneerpress.com/site/services/

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