By Jena Williams

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and a prime time to reconsider our actions on the road.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is launching a high-visibility enforcement campaign to crack down on texting while driving and with it they have produced a shocking and unforgettable YouTube video on distracted driving:: http://youtu.be/S_-6EoNhitg

Many police jurisdictions are targeting distracted driving. If you get caught in Washington, you’ll receive a $124 ticket. If you are a commercial truck driver, your CSA score will be impacted. All this is really a minor inconvenience when you consider what could happen – distracted driving kills.

For more information:

National Safety Council: http://www.nsc.org/safety_road/Distracted_Driving/Pages/DDAM.aspx

NHTSA: http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/2014/DOT+Launches+First-Ever+National+Distracted+Driving+Enforcement+and+Advertising+Campaign

DOT blog: http://www.transportation.gov/fastlane/april-distracted-driving-awareness-month-u-drive-u-text-u-pay

FMCSA regulation 392.82: Using a hand-held mobile telephone: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/title49/section/392.82

Washington state regulations:

RCW 46.61.668 Sending, reading, or writing a text message while driving: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=46.61.668

RCW 46.61.667 Using a wireless communications device or hand-held mobile telephone while driving. http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=46.61.667