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Jefferson County Sheriff's Office participates in enforcement for distracted driving.

HOLLY M. GILL/MADRAS PIONEER - The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is participating in a distracted driver enforcement effort.Since April is Distract Driving Awareness month, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office will be participating in a traffic safety blitz for distracted driving, from April 11-15.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office will provide regular and overtime traffic enforcement to reduce the number of distracted driving incidents during from Thursday through Monday, April 11-15.

More than 40,000 people were killed in motor vehicle fatalities in 2018, according to the National Safety Council.

"From cell phones to dashboard infotainment systems to evolving voice command features, all pose a threat to our safety," the council noted. "Just one second of your attention is all takes to change a life forever. Share the #JustDrive message."

The NSC noted the following:

- Distraction leads to driver error.

- 7 percent of all drivers at any given time are using their phones while driving. A National Household Travel Survey found 660,000 drivers using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving at any given daylight moment.

- Drivers talking on phones, hand-held or hands-free, miss seeing up to 50 percent of what is around them, including other drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.

- Before you start your car, turn off your phone and "Just Drive."

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