Driving is a job that requires the ability to pay attention to several things at once.
Our ability to drive responsibly depends on a focused effort. Distraction – taking eyes, hands or mental attention away from driving – is a common contributing factor in most motor vehicle crashes and near crashes.
North Dakota Distracted Driving Law
Text messaging is prohibited for all drivers, and drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using any electronic communications devices, including cell phones. This law carries a $100 fine and went into effect August 1, 2011. Beginning August 1, 2017, the law will expand to include distracted driving to mean any distraction that impairs the ability to safely operate the vehicle. If you’re distracted while driving and commit a traffic violation, you can be given a $100 citation for distracted driving. For more detailed information, view the Century Code.
The most common driver distractions are:
- Cell phone use – hands-free is just as distracting as handheld
- Reaching for a moving object inside the vehicle
- Rubbernecking: looking at something outside the vehicle
- Applying make-up
Texting multiplies the chance of a crash
Sending one text at
55 mph is like driving blind the length of a football field.
Texting drivers are
6 times more likely to crash than a drunk driver.
Top 5 tips to avoid distractions:
- Silence your cell phone and turn off the vibration mechanism: Turn off your notifications. The less you hear your phone, the less tempted you’ll be to respond while driving.
- Designate a texter: Borrow thumbs from your passengers. Ask your passengers to handle tasks such as texting, placing a call or reprogramming your GPS.
- Ask family, friends and colleagues to respect your drive: Set cell phone boundaries and politely ask them not to contact you during the hours of your commute.
- Place your phone in the glove compartment or trunk: The old adage, ‘out of sight, out of mind’ can be applied here. Wait until you’re at your destination or pull into a gas station or rest area to check messages.
- Download an app: Get some technological help to stop texting while driving. Download your favorite distraction-free app and forget the distractions while you drive.