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U Drive. U Text. U Pay.


 The Kansas Department of Transportation and law enforcement agencies across the state are teaming up in support of the national U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign to bring attention to and enforce texting and distracted-driving laws. 

 In conjunction with heightened distracted-driving law enforcement April 3-9, KDOT will roll out statewide marketing around the U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign as promoted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 KDOT stats from 2021 show 534 crashes occurred by mobile phone distractions alone. There were 148 crashes caused by drivers paying attention to electronic devices like DVD players, stereos, and GPS units. Another 1,131 crashes were the result of distractions such as applying makeup, reading, eating, etc.

 NHTSA research shows drivers ages 18-34 represent the most distracted drivers, often because of cell phone use. NHTSA reports more than 32,000 people died in distraction-affected crashes from 2011 to 2020. In 2020, 3,142 deaths were linked to driver distraction, representing 8% of all motor vehicle crash fatalities. 

 KDOT and NHTSA encourage drivers to take away the temptation to be on their phones. Activate the phone’s “Do Not Disturb” feature or put the phone in the glove box or back seat.

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