By Scott Bolthouse—Hub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Dozens of drivers were cited recently in Huron Township for distracted driving during a special operation conducted by police designed to thwart the dangerous habit.
On Tuesday, 30 drivers were cited for texting and driving, including one semi truck driver.
One citation was issued for careless driving while texting and driving, and three were arrested for driving with suspended licenses while texting and driving.
Public Saftey Director Everette Robbins said the operation was conducted by the Huron Township Police Department Problem Oriented Policing Team. The Problem Oriented Policing Team is a proactive team assigned to work on specific quality of life issues for residents in the community.
This same team has recently conducted proactive details such as warrant sweeps, sex offender registry checks, school bus passing and search warrants.
“It is likely that our residents saw the increased visibility from our officers this past Tuesday. Distracted driving is an epidemic that affects all of us and is something I believe needs to be seriously addressed. The danger that exists when a driver decides they must text while in control of their vehicle, which is a two-ton missile, can be devastating to their family or someone else’s. We have seen it all too often and even here in Huron Township. Hopefully this can spark some conversation between parents and their young drivers as well,” said Public Saftey Director Everette Robbins.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2016, 3,450 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers, and 9.2 percent of fatal crashes nationally were reported as distraction-affected.
Statistics show millennials are the biggest offenders when it comes to texting and driving, with more 16-to-24-year-olds using phones while driving than any other age group.
Women are also more likely than men to text and drive, according to the NHTSA.
“I am proud to see our Problem Oriented Policing Team growing and they have done some great work for our residents. This is a highly motivated group with great leadership. Our residents can expect to see more information in the future about some of their upcoming projects. We also welcome ideas from the community as to ideas they have that can help improve their quality of life. They can always email, call or come see me to discuss issues that affect either the community as a whole or just their specific neighborhood,” Robbins said.