Kansas Highway Patrol troopers will spend the first 10 days of July watching for drivers violating the state’s texting law.
The Kansas law states that on a wireless device, drivers may not manually type, send, or read a written communication. That includes a text message, instant message, or e-mail.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data indicates texting while driving creates a crash risk 23 times greater than driving while not distracted. In 2012, an estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. That’s up nine percent from the estimated 387,000 people injured in 2011.
While law enforcement officers in Wichita and Kansas watch for texters all year, the highway patrol will be placing a special emphasis on those violations in this period wrapping around Independence Day.