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'Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other' Pilot Program Underway in Delaware

As promised back in June 2012, the state of Delaware launched a two-week pilot program last week that targets distracted driving. In June, the U.S. Department of Transportation authorized $2.4 million in federal support for California and Delaware to vigorously pursue the department's "Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other" pilot enforcement campaign. Through these pilot programs, California and Delaware will help the DoT test the effect of increased law enforcement and high-profile public education campaign on distracted driving, trying to duplicate the success of the 'Click It or Ticket' campaign that promoted the use of seatbelts. 

The Delaware campaign kicked off on November 7 and will continue through November 20. Using the DoT funds, Delaware will have participating officers from 42 law enforcement agencies working overtime shifts to enforce Delaware's laws prohibiting the use of handheld cellphones while driving and texting while driving. According to the Delaware Office of Highway Safety, law enforcement officers "will show zero-tolerance for distracted driving. If they see you talking on your cell phone or texting while driving, they will give you a ticket."

The federal grant to Delaware of $900,000 will allow for three waves of enforcement. The second and third waves will come in 2013 (April 9-22 and June 4-17, 2013).

Posted by Bruce Carton on November 13, 2012 at 04:24 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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