Officials: Distracted driving is a problem in BX

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and transportation officials say the issue is a big problem in the Bronx.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and transportation officials say the issue is a big problem in the Bronx. (4/26/16)

THE BRONX - April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and transportation officials say the issue is a big problem in the Bronx.

According to the National Highway Safety Administration, distracted driving accounts for 10 percent of all fatal crashes and 17 percent of all accidents that cause injuries.

Because of those statistics, police have cracked down on the practice. 

In the Bronx, police issued more than 22,000 distracted driving tickets in the last two years, according to the state Department of Transportation. The department also says Bronx drivers accounted for 8.8 percent of all distracted driving tickets in New York City in 2015.

"I would recommend for everyone to complete a defensive driving course," says Elias Soltero, a driving instructor at Always Better Choice. 

Distracted driving can include looking at smartphones, driving while eating or anything that will distract drivers from paying attention to the road, according to officials. 

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

VIDEO: Suspected gang members arrested in the Bronx 1 VIDEO: Suspected gang members arrested in the Bronx
Bronx residents teamed up with Comedian Jon Stewart 2 Volunteers clean up Bronx River for Earth Day
A video shows a teen being attacked by 3 Video shows teen attacked by group at Luna Park in Coney Island
New ferries in New York City embark on 4 NYC ferry workers train at SUNY Maritime
Woman claims Fitbit exploded on her wrist 5 Woman claims Fitbit exploded on her wrist

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE