Holidays are the time for special law enforcement efforts, and the Kansas Highway Patrol has embarked on a targeted effort to reduce texting while driving.
Troopers will be out looking for violations, and citations will be issued. Technical Trooper Rick Wingate:
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says texting while driving creates a crash risk 23 times greater than when drivers aren't distracted. In 2012, over 420,000 people were hurt in crashes involving distracted driving, up nine percent from 2011.
Kansas law says drivers can't type, send or read written communications while driving, including emails, instant messages and texts.
The texting while driving initiative goes through July 10 and coincides with the Highway Patrol's effort to find impaired drivers. The Highway Patrol is also reminding drivers to wear seat belts and make sure child seats are properly installed.