When you got 50 to 60 percent of them who are addicted to their cell phones, we really need the corporation of the parents to sit down and explain to them the dangers of using that cell phone while driving.

In Minnesota, it is illegal for drivers to read, compose, or send texts and emails, and access the web while the vehicle is in motion or apart of traffic.

Groton Town police will be cracking down on distracted drivers, the New London Day reported.

"That's an average of nearly 12 deaths a week, and the increase we believe is directly attributable to distracted driving", he said.

Nassau County police will also be participating in the enforcement, the department said. The campaign will run through April 28.

"Distracted driving is a serious issue on our roadways", said Gary Poedubicky, acting director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 3,477 people were killed and an estimated 391,000 injured in motor vehicle collisions involving distracted drivers in 2015.

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A study conducted by the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research also found that in 2015, 160 people were killed and more than 33,000 people were injured in crashes in NY that had "driver inattention/distraction" reported as a contributing factor, the release also said.

When a crash occurs in Minnesota, the driver behavior that is most often cited by law enforcement agencies is attention or distraction.

"Our goal is keeping all road users in our community safe", said Police Chief Scott P. Livingstone. Not only is texting while driving unwise, it's also against the law in Oklahoma.

HOWELL, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey police officer enforcing a statewide crackdown on distracted drivers has been hit by a driver using a cellphone as a navigation device.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

"One call or one text can lead to one terrible mistake on the road, which in turn can have lifelong repercussions for motorists, cyclists or pedestrians", Terri Egan, the DMV executive deputy commissioner and acting chair of the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, said in the release.

Lawmakers agree that distracted driving continues to be a growing problem among California's motorists.