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APRIL 9, 2014 THE PRESS PAGE 7 Distraction a factor in most vehicle crashes BISMARCK, N.D. Dis- tracted driving is the biggest rea- son for motor vehicle crashes and near crashes. Some form of driv- er distraction is involved in 80 per- cent of crashes and 65 percent of near crashes, according to a study released in 2013 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminis- tration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). The study found that the distraction occurred within three seconds before the vehicle crash. "When you are driving, that's all you should be doing. A dis- tracted driver is not a safe driver," said Karin Mongeon, who is cur- rently managing the North Dako- ta Department of Transportation's Safety Division. Distracted driving refers to anything that diverts attention from the primary task of driving or takes a driver's eyes offthe road. Children, unrestrained pets, ap- plying makeup or reaching for something in the vehicle are dis- tractions not uncommon on crash reports. But increasingly, a cell phone is the primary distracting factor--and hands-free use has been found to be about as dis- tracting as handheld. Driving requires the ability to focus on several things at once. The increasing use of smartphones, and greater reliance on using tech- nology while behind the wheel, have generated a growing hazard of inattentive drivers. Based on responses to a statewide traffic safety survey conducted by the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute Enforcement targets texting while driving: Expect a $100 ticket BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota's ban on texting while driving gets its first high-in- tensity workout this month. The law has been exercised by enforcement agencies since it went into effect August 1, 2011. But, with the exception of Far- go, most communities have not seen a major emphasis on tex- ting enforcement until now. Seven urban police departments will pump up anti-texting traf- fic stops during April. Officers in Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown and Minot are participating. Drivers suspected of texting will be pulled over. Officers will employ new tactics and in- creased patrols to identify and stop drivers who appear to be using a mobile device to text, email or access the Internet while driving. The $100 penal- ty applies even if the driver is stopped at a stop sign or stop- light. Officers from police depart- ments gathered in Bismarck in February for special training on how to detect texting and driv- ing offenders. "In training, we learned to watch for telltale signs the driv- er may be accessing a commu- nications device to send data. Many agencies will station of_ ricers on street comers, in high- profile vehicles or other vantage points. The street officer will ra- dio ahead to a patrol car to ap- prehend a texting driver," ex- plained Capt. Rob White of the Minot Police Department. "My advice to North Dako- ta drivers is to put the phone away when you are behind the wheel; it could save you a lot of trouble," he added. North Dakota was one of only eight states to receive fed- eral grant funding for texting and driving prevention. The campaign this April is the first statewide texting enforcement campaign for the North Dako- ta Department of Transporta- tion. Officers are expected to log a substantial number of traffic stops for potential texting citations. Other high-intensity texting enforcement periods will follow this summer. (UGPTI), about 23 percent of drivers in North Dakota use a cell phone while driving on a dai- ly basis. In their survey report, UGPTI researchers concluded that cell phone use for texting while driv- ing in North Dakota is trending in a dangerous direction--percent- ages of North Dakotans who text while driving increased. Adults who said they never text and drive fell from 61 percent in 2011 to 51 percent in 2013. Fifteen percent of those surveyed admitted to texting while driving at least a few times per month. Almost 13 percent said they text while driving a few times a week. About 5.8 percent text daily while driving. "I see drivers looking at their phones all the time on our streets," said Will Albrecht, a resident of Killdeer who spends a lot of time behind the wheel in Dunn Coun- ty. "It's not just inconsiderate, it's hazardous to everyone else shar- ing the road," Albrecht said. It is also illegal. The fine for tex- ting while driving in North Dako- ta is $100. North Dakota was one of only seven states to receive federal grant funding for texting and driv- ing prevention. North Dakota De- partment of Transportation launched a campaign this month to educate the public on the dangers of distracted driving. The cam- paign coincides with the first mul- ti-city high-intensity texting en- forcement to hit the ground for NDDOT. Park River Area Schools has an opening for an assistant cook. This position would be 6 to 6.5 hours per day during the school year. Successful applicants must be able to work in a team environment. Salary is $10.50 - $11.50 per hour DOE. This position is open until filled. Interested appli- cants should send letter of application and completed District application, to: Kirk Ham - Superintendent -- Park River Area Schools Box 240 Park River, ND 58270 District applications can be found at WANTED: 5TH GRADE ELEMENTARY TEACHER Beginning in the 2014-15 School Year Send letter of application, resume, transcript, teacher certification and references to or call: JOhn J. Oisd, III, Supt. ...... ValleyCEi:lih35utg !ih:tblic Schools - i ...... Box 6, Edinbur, ND :58227 ...... Phone 701-993-8312 Fax 701-993-8313 SH COUNTY We're your hometown paper m the heart of Walsh County. t Stay connected, subscrtbe. In county $34 Out of county $38 Out of state $42 To started call 701-284-6333. Schlenk accepted to North Carolina State University summer research program PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Taylor Schlenk, 2011 Park River High School graduate, was recently ac- cepted by North Carolina State University for the 2014 summer Re- search Experience for Undergrad- uates program in Modeling and Industrial Applied Mathematics. Taylor is currently a junior en- rolled at University of North Dako- ta. She is the daughter of Brook Dahlgren, Pisek and Michael Sle- bodnik, Conway. Void named to Deans List at UMD DULUTH, Minn. -- The Uni- versity of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) has announced its Dean's List for Fall Semester 2013. Stu- dents on the Dean's List have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Freshman Sadie Void of Park River is studying Education & Hu- man Service Pro, Integr Elem and Spec Ed. Area students named to Deans List FARGO, N.D. -- Area North Dakota students were among the 3,166 North Dakota State Uni- versity students to be placed on the fall 2013 dean's list. A student must earn a 3.50 grade point average or higher and be enrolled in at least 12 class credits to qualify. Students are listed by home- town. Students' majors also are listed. Adams, N.D., Amanda D. Boe, Interior Design; Thomas K. Boe, Agricultural Systems Manage- ment; BreAnna C. Misialek, Fam- ily and Consumer Sciences Ed. Gilby, N.D., Kaitlin E. Lindsey, Zoology Grafton, N.D., Molly K. Col- lette, Agribusiness; Ryan J. Dusek, Agricultural Economics; Taylor N. Ensrude, Zoology; Brooke E. Felt- man, Nursing; Zachary T. Feltman, Management; Megan K. Horter, Zoology; Jestin J. Lunday, Hos- pitality and Tourism Management; Nowacki, Emergency Manage- ment; Morgan A. Thompson, Zo- ology Hensel, N.D., Kyle D. Olason, Mechanical Engineering Hoople, N.D., Brianne L. Fed- je, Nursing; William R. Klose, Crop and Weed Sciences Inkster, N.D., Kacie A. Becker, Nursing Lakota, N.D., Zachary J. Crisman, Construction Manage- ment; Christopher W. Miller, Con- struction Engineering; Ashlyn H. Nelson, Zoology; Kirsten M. Swenson, Business Administration Lawton, N.D., Justin L. Zahrad- ka, Crop and Weed Sciences Park River, N.D.,Jordan C. Brummond, Microbiology; Cole V. Rehovsky, Zoology Pisek, N.D., Chad R. Jelinek, Crop and Weed Sciences Saint Thomas, N.D., Melissa A. Fritz Dietetics; Abby L. Papenfuss, Health Communication The dean's list also can be Jared W. 'Mofigebt0tfi',' ric'uI= ' found at tur a t-., Eeommaiesr--4str/. ...................................... Do you want your news noticed? Do you or your group have a story to tell? 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