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’s Distracted Driving Laws
- Text messaging is prohibited for all drivers.
- This law carries a $100 fine.
- For more detailed information, view the North Dakota Century Code 39-08-23 and 39-08-24.
- Drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using any electronic communications devices, including cell phones.
- 14 and 15 year olds: This law carries a $20 fine and 4 points on your driver record.
- For more detailed information, view the North Dakota Century Code 39-06-17(4)(c).
- 16 and 17 year olds: This law carries a $20 fine and no points on your driver record.
- For more detailed information, view the North Dakota Century Code 39-08-24.
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.