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Texting While Driving Leads to Accident

Seymour man, 34, given citation for texting while driving.

A Seymour man who crashed on Route 34 just after midnight Monday said the accident was caused by texting while driving, according to police.

Joseph Debiase, 34, told police he dropped his cell phone while texting and then crashed into a utility pole as he tried to pick it up, Resident Trooper Sgt. Dan Semosky said. Luckily, he said, nobody was injured in the crash.

“This underscores the dangers of texting while driving,” he said. “It shows that anytime you have something that diverts attention while driving a motor vehicle, it’s not a good thing.”

The accident occurred near the intersection of Route 34 and Riverbend Road, which is close to Route 188 near the Seymour line. The accident closed a roughly quarter-mile section of Route 34 for close to seven hours Monday morning while Connecticut Light & Power crews repaired the pole. Power was disrupted to area homes Monday morning, but it was unclear how many.

Debiase was issued an infraction for using a mobile device while driving and failure to drive right.

The National Safety Council issued a statement last year that said it's findings show 1.6 million car accidents every year, or roughly 28 percent of them, are caused by drivers using cell phones and texting.

Cygel White June 02, 2011 at 04:55 AM
“TextKills, an advocacy group committed to road safety, is dedicated to increasing awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. With the proliferation of Smartphones and the constant streaming of information to and from these and other “smart” mobile communication devices, texting while driving (TWD) is now an epidemic that results in thousands of fatalities and 100's of thousands of injuries annually. TextKills educates the public through social media campaigns and school tours in order to promote policies and programs aimed at enhancing greater personal responsibility and safety awareness among drivers and, ultimately, eliminating TWD from our roadways.” In 2010, TextKills launched a tour to rally college and high-school students against the dangers of TWD. Our team presented information to these students and encouraged each attendee to sign a promise to pay attention when driving. We also promoted a mobile application designed to help drivers resist the urge, and temptation, to engage in TWD. The TextKills blog (www.textkills.com) documented each stop along the way as the tour eventually found its way to the 2010 Distracted Driving Summit, hosted by the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C. TextKills strongly believes that it is critical to direct its mission to the youth of this country, given the findings of a 2009 government study that found that the under-20 age group comprised the largest percentage, by age category, of distracted drivers.
Craig Zac June 02, 2011 at 01:21 PM
Why cant "Smart Phones" automatically detect when your in motion and disable the text feature? Its funny, everyone complaines about all our freedoms are being taken away, why not? most people cant seem to handle them...lol
Cygel White June 02, 2011 at 04:48 PM
You must not have read the comments above yours..Features: • Safely monitor the a Smartphone's incoming calls and text messages while the vehicle is traveling at a rate of speed at or greater than 10-15MPH • Provide customization in auto-reply messages for inbound calls and inbound text messages while the vehicle is in motion • Provide personalized responses, so that a recipient would be identified by name in automated replies received • Provide a No-Reply List (blacklist)for individuals that will not receive automated replies from the app user • Provide a My Drive 5™ List (whitelist) for important individuals that user designates must get through with phone calls or text messages (to the user) in the event of a possible emergency • Provide a passenger selection option, should the user be a passenger, rather than a driver, and desire to disable the auto-reply function of the app • Provide a Battery Alert System to notify a driver that their battery is running low, so that the driver can safely pull over to plug the phone in to a charging system and maintain theDriveReply™ service • DriveReply™ is available in English and Spanish language versions
CMG June 03, 2011 at 04:17 AM
I think Craig was actually asking why don't they do it AUTOMATICALLY? If this is such a problem nationwide, it should be FREE!!!! It's not expensive, but just another way to make money and yet again take personal responsibility away from people. People need to learn to be responsible for their own actions and that there can't be an App to save their azz from everything so they can continue to NOT pay attention.
Cygel White June 04, 2011 at 01:23 AM
The app is free on the android market..

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