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.
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.
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.
It is also likely that such distractions were present with passengers in their cars.
May 27, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.