Prescott Valley police remind to avoid distracted driving

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The Prescott Valley Police Department would like to remind residents that it is illegal in Arizona to use a cell phone or electronic device while driving. House Bill 2318 was signed into law on April 22, 2019, making it illegal to call or text a cell phone while driving unless the device is in hands-free mode.

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According to the Arizona Chapter National Safety Council, there were 57,514 crashes with 810 fatalities and 15,689 injuries resulting from distracted driving in 2018. This number was for Arizona alone. These statistics only include reported incidents. Distracted driving is a seriously under-reported problem.

Traffic accidents and fatalities caused by distracted drivers are a major concern in the United States. Texting, making a phone call, checking a map, changing stations on your music player, all take our eyes and mind off the road, even if only for a few seconds.

If that call or text can’t wait, please safely pull off the road to establish that connection before heading to your destination. By making safe driving a priority, in accordance with the law, together we can make Prescott Valley safer for everyone.

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