Let’s Talk About It — Beware the dangers of texting while driving

May 27, 2015

In an era dominated by technology, texting has become the go-to method of fast communication. Especially for teenagers, texting is present everywhere in our lives: when we’re at school, when we’re hanging out with friends, when we’re talking to parents and when we’re driving.

Noela Lu Skyline High School

Noela Lu
Skyline High School

The truth of the matter is that if someone were to say, “Don’t text while driving” and another person were to say, “Don’t drink while driving”, the latter person would be taken more seriously. It’s easy to downplay the dangers of texting, emailing or calling when driving because of the perceived benign nature of the cell phone compared to other substances, such as alcohol.

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The Beat — Student survey reveals driving habits

May 27, 2015

Whether sneaking a glance at your phone screen during a red light or blasting the latest single on the radio, most students can admit that they have been exposed to distractions while driving.

Megan So Liberty High School

Megan So
Liberty High School

It is also likely that such distractions were present with passengers in their cars.

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The Beat — Photo of the Month

May 27, 2015

Texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk, but people still pay attention to their phones instead of concentrating on the road.

Texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk, but people still pay attention to their phones instead of concentrating on the road.

Firefighters work to prevent people texting while driving

July 29, 2014

The International Association of Eastside Fire Fighters recently launched the public safety campaign #JustifyIt, which asks, “Can you justify the next text message from your driver’s seat?”

#JustifyIt uses firefighters’ first-hand experience with texting and driving disasters to educate the community and keep the public safe from these violent accidents.

More than 1,000 people are injured every day due to texting while driving. Distracted drivers cause 3,000 deaths each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Off The Press: Send in your kudos for new Press feature

July 22, 2014

Sometimes, people do really good or smart things. And sometimes, they do really bad or stupid things.

And I’ve always felt it is a newspaper’s job to share not only bad news, but good news as well.

With that in mind, The Issaquah Press is kicking off a new feature on its Opinion page — Picnic or Poo Poo.

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen R. Merrill
Press managing editor

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Click it or Ticket law enforcement campaign results announced

July 1, 2014

Between May 19 and June 1, extra law enforcement patrolled King County roads looking for unbuckled drivers and passengers, and cellphone texters and talkers.

During the patrols, 388 seatbelt infractions were written, in addition to 426 cellphone/texting tickets. Last year in King County during the same time period, officers on extra patrols wrote 387 seat belt infractions and 322 cellphone violations.

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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April 1, 2014

Eastside Fire & Rescue urges drivers to eliminate those things which limit their ability to maintain focus on the road.

Texting while driving and talking on cellphones increases crash risk. Recent reports dispute the myth that a hands-free option greatly reduces or even removes risk.

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Nearly 1,300 drivers ticketed for distracted driving

September 9, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 9, 2013

In the past six weeks, law enforcement agencies throughout King County have participated in emphasis patrols to reduce the number of people driving while distracted.

The patrols targeted drivers using cellular phones, texting or involved in other behavior that affected their ability to drive in a safe manner.

More than 1,100 citations were issued to drivers for the use of cellphones and 180 drivers were ticketed for texting while driving. Law enforcement made more than 2,300 contacts with drivers, which included driving while suspended and DUI. Officers also made arrests of subjects with felony warrants, and recovered two stolen vehicles.

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