DOT proclaims ‘distracted driving awareness month’

The Dept. of Transportation is proclaiming April “Distracted Driving Awareness Month.”

Several people got the chance Tuesday to test out a new distracted driving simulator which is supposed to teach people the dangers that can happen when you’re behind the wheel and unaware of your surroundings.

Officials say a large problem our state deals with is motorists texting while on the road.

“That’s about 300 drivers that are on the road doing these activities that endanger the public, so it’s an issue for the police and motorist drivers especially when you look at the heavy traffic,” said Sen. Clarence Nishihara, D-Waipahu, Pearl City.

“This clearly shows that our message isn’t getting across to everyone so during the Distracted Driving Awareness Month and throughout the year police statewide will be continuing strict enforcement of Hawaii’s distracted driving law,” said Honolulu police chief Louis Kealoha.

Drivers are reminded to turn off their phones while driving, or put them in an area where they won’t be tempted to look.

Violators can face fines starting at $257.

The new distracted driving awareness PSA will air on television later this year.

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