On Thursday, April 8, the Evansville Police Department will be cracking down on distracted drivers during a special 24-hour enforcement campaign.
During the campaign, which is called "Connect 2 Disconnect," officers will be conducting high-visibility patrols to remind motorists about the dangers and consequences of texting and distracted driving.
Distracted driving is considered any activity that takes a driver's attention away from the task of driving. It includes everything from texting to adjusting the stereo or even eating and drinking.
According to EPD, a person who texts while drives takes their attention away from the road for five seconds on average. At 55 MPH, EPD says that's the equivalent of driving the full length of a football field while blindfolded.
In 2020, Indiana became the 22nd state in the nation to pass a hands-free device driving law, which prohibits motorists from holding a mobile device, except in emergencies, while their vehicles are moving. Anyone caught violating the law could face a Class C infraction with fines up to $500.
The Connect 2 Disconnect campaign is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.