Amarillo, TX – Last week was Municipal Court Week, and as part of that national recognition the City of Amarillo’s Municipal Court held a pledge drive to stop a dangerous epidemic – distracted driving. Between Monday, Nov. 7 and Friday, Nov. 11, 137 people signed the pledge to drive phone-free.
“Phone use while driving is a serious issue, and with the 137 pledges we know that there are at least 137 less chances for distracted driving,” says Program Coordinator Karla Abernethy-Thetford. “We are happy with the response we’ve had during this pledge drive as the more people who recognize the danger and agree to go phone-free, the safer our roads will be for everyone.”
According to information gathered by Texas Municipal Courts and the Texas Department of Transportation, “drivers who use hand-held devices while driving are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves.” The report also states that the use of cell phones increases the chance of an accident by 400 percent and, regardless of whether the device is hand-held or hands-free, delays in reaction times are equivalent to the driver having a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent – the Texas legal limit.
Traffic safety information and other materials are available at Municipal Court, 201 S.E. 4th Ave., or calling (806) 378-3072.